Uplevelling Point System - Making Children Reflective Writers
I introduced the Uplevelling point system probably around 3 years ago. I have found it to be a clear and straightforward way to help children visualise and see the importance and need to check and edit their writing. Basically, it is a checklist of the following aspects - Big writing focuses on four main aspects of V-vocabulary, C – connectives, O – openers and P – punctuation. Along with this, I also have a Sentence of the Week, inspired by the great AlanPeat’s Writing Exciting sentences book. Each week we would focus on a different sentence of the week, usually it was picked depending on the text type. A ‘Noun, who/which/where,’ was a great one when focusing on Newspapers, Imagine 3 examples: was great for looking at story openers. After every new sentence of the week, it is added to the checklist.
I would edit the checklist to include exciting sentences that may fit that text type, rather than have all of them. You want to make sure children are not trying to force sentence types in, it is making sure they are choosing them for effect in their writing.
For higher ability children who may find it difficult to change much of their work, I set other challenges such as lipograms – change sentences so that it doesn’t contain the letter “o” for example, or hendecasyllabic – every sentence must be 11 syllables.
Some examples of children's work and how it has been improved: