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Tutor Guide to Early Literacy
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Look What I Did!
Updated: 04/23/02
writing activities
using a sentence strip

A sentence strip can be used for a variety of purposes in your tutorial. Start with a long piece of lined paper. Either you or your student can then write a sentence on the strip. You can take this activity in lots of directions:

  • You can use the strip to have your student look for “little words in the big words.” You may be surprised that even basic sentences can be effective for showing students that words can be deconstructed—For example:

    “She can hit the ball.”   »»      “She can hit the ball.”

  • You can cut up the sentence strip, mix up the words and have your student put the words in the correct order. This activity can be very valuable when students are at basic levels. Be sure to discuss capitalization and punctuation when ordering your words. Cutting the capitalized letter from the first word (or other proper nouns) helps students notice capitalization. Also, the punctuation marks can be cut from the rest of the sentence—giving your student a chance to recognize the importance of punctuation as they manipulate the words/marks in the sentence.

  • Use a sentence strip for your students to respond to your writing prompts. You can rewrite what your student has written and ask your student to compare the two sentences. Your student can “edit” his or her sentence, using your strip as a resource.

language experience activity
  1. Talk to your student and identify an experience or topic of interest to your student.

  2. Record your student’s words as he or she tells of the experience or topic.

  3. Read the writing several times, asking your student to read after you.

  4. Ask your student to select meaningful words. Underline those words and put them on individual word cards.

  5. Teach each selected word. Ask your student to shuffle the word cards and read them, referring to the story if necessary.

  6. Reread the story together. Ask your student to reread the story.

  7. Give a copy of the story and word cards to your student for home study. Keep copy for yourself or for your student’s portfolio.


reflect and write activity

The Look What I Did! writing activity is an important component of the learning process. It gives students an opportunity to reflect on the skills and activities completed during the tutoring session and write about them. Reflection promotes academic achievement and it helps the student become actively involved in the learning process.

  • Review the Look What I Did! work sheet. Read each statement and have your student respond. Ask your student to write his/her response on the work sheet. If you are running short of time, you can serve as a scribe and write your student’s response in the appropriate space. Your student can still participate by circling the appropriate face on the form (We hope it will always be “great!”).

  • Send the completed sheet home with the student for a parent to review.

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