EdTech Tutorial: How to do slow writing using Google Docs.

In English lessons, a great technique to use is ‘Slow Writing’. Slow writing is where you get the students to literally slow down their writing.

You simply put some criteria for each sentence on the board e.g.

and the children have to write BUT sticking to the criteria set. It allows them to really focus on the quality of their writing; in particular the words they use and their sentence construction.

Google Docs is perfect for doing this. You can make a template on Google Docs:

and then use a class management tool i.e. Google Classroom to share it with the pupils.

The children can simply edit the template as they each get a separate copy. The best part is that there is no ‘rubbing out’ whilst checking their sentences when refining their work.

Have a look at the video to see how I used it with my class. A student’s thought process follows:

My students are really engaged during slow writing and see it as a good challenge:

You end up with a superb piece of writing:

How do you find Google Docs?  Slow writing? Please let me know.

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