Continue this type of assignment until the students understand the basics of writing an informational sentence. For more advanced students you can tailor the assignment by requiring two or more sentences for each question. Writing Projects and Ideas. When you are comfortable that students understand the basics of sentence writing you can vary the activities while still focusing on your objectives. Also, many of the first graders will be able to read independently and can be given an individualized assignment for the books they are reading.
Lessons for Guided Writing: Nonfiction: Classroom-Tested Lessons That Model Key Writing Skills and Offer Students the Support They Need to Research. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Mary Sullivan has worked as teacher, curriculum consultant, and administrator. Her life work as an educator has been in the.
Books about the real world build vocabulary. Write a sentence or phrase next to the entry. Include a small drawing if appropriate. Keep the journal all year. It can be divided alphabetically by sectioning off several pages for each letter of the alphabet. Students can write the entries on the correct page in the journal.
Provide each student with three file cards to write three facts about the information in the book.
Share with the class. Use the same idea as above but instruct the student to write one untrue statement and have the other classmates guess which one is false. Write a friendly letter to the author of the book telling the author what you learned. Write an opinion paper about why you did or did not like the book. Pretend to be a reporter.
Answer as many of these questions: Who? How are the two alike? How are they different? My favorite is… Suppose you are reading about a sport, weather, career, state, etc.
Describe what is your favorite in the category and why. Gear has designed the book around modeled writing, shared writing, independent writing, and one-on-one conferences.
Using picture books as the anchor to my writing lessons helps me to introduce a specific writing technique, text structure, or subject. Each chapter contains: the purpose of the form, features and examples of the form, detailed lessons to teach the form, a list of anchor books for a variety of grade levels that are useful in teaching the form, links to content areas, examples of student work, assessments and Blackline masters. There are a number of elements about Nonfiction Writing Power that I really appreciate on top of the excellent lesson ideas.
First, Gear has a broad focus for this book, and it is useful for Kindergarten to Grade 8. Lessons could be used for any grade, and she includes anchor books for different grade levels. Balanced literacy is also very well integrated into the book. While guided writing is not specifically included in the book, teachers could easily add this element into their teaching of the nonfiction forms.
In addition, Gear makes specific connections to the reading comprehension strategies with which most teachers and students are already familiar questioning, visualizing, determining importance, etc. Finally, I appreciate how Gear also integrates the six traits of writing into the book voice, word choice, sentence fluency, organization, ideas, and conventions. Many of the lessons include elements on these commonly taught writing traits. It is difficult to read Nonfiction Writing Power and not be inspired. The book, filled with great ideas to teach nonfiction writing to students, is presented in a clear and manageable format.
It is a book I would recommend to any teacher, novice or veteran. To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm umanitoba. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained.
At first, my kids want to write what I write, but over time, they venture into their own ideas. Page 5 of 9. This item does not qualify for OUR member pricing. Lesson Plans Individual , Activities , Printables. Join , readers and get access to our exclusive subscriber library. This is a high-interest foundation builder for using nonfiction literature in research as well as for pleasure reading.
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