Gretchen Hanser, OT, developed this idea of predictable chart writing based on work by Cunningham, Hall and WIlliams, 2001. “Predictable chart writing is a fun and easy, shared writing activity that supports emergent and conventional writers and readers. It is a way of providing some structure, while allowing students to generate their own ideas.” (Hanser, 2005). At it's core predictable chart writing is an opportunity to build:
Predictable Chart Writing provides a consistent daily structure and allows students to contribute to a group activity as well as complete independent work.
Adults model each step of the process, including demonstrating how students can generate ideas using speech, objects, or symbols on their AAC. Predictable Chart Writing gives students the opportunity to see writing every day, for real reasons.
A number of different activities occur during the week long process of Predictable Chart Writing. The end result is a valued class book which every student has contributed to. This book is read often and is displayed in the classroom library.
I'd like to thank Gretchen Hanser, Karen Erickson, Caroline Musselwhite, Erin Sheldon & Mary Louise Bertram for sharing their expertise with the world and our students and children. I am grateful.
From Mary Louise Bertram on Jane Farrall's site:
"Remember to read the Chart throughout the day at incidental times, not just at ‘Predictable Chart times’. We are aiming for the students to have heard these sentences at least 20-40 times by Friday. We want them internally reading along with us and knowing how these sentences sound." -Mary Loiuse Bertram