I would write examples on the board and as a class, we practiced reading these phrases with and without those special features. What a difference they make! After reading together, it was time to put this mentor text into action! Students went back to write about a seed moment or revise an old story adding stretched-out words, sounds words, and punctuation that adds meaning. It was so fun. We play outside and we played walkie-talkies — WEEE!
We hid around the room. We tried to find each other. But we could not. It was a fun time. Which is fabulous and makes my teacher-heart so happy! This is a totally different type of book from Roller Coaster. It is more serious, definitely more detailed, and is truly a beautiful narrative about a little boy catching fireflies with his friends and releasing them.
Fireflies is the perfect text to talk about why zooming in matters. Then, I got a jar and went outside. We all caught fireflies. Then, it was time for bed. Before they died, I opened the jar and let the fireflies go.
Brincklow wrote. Add when and where b. Compare to something else the oven felt as hot as a campfire 4. After thorough discussion and modeling of the above strategies, students will be instructed to read their small moment stories and to add details using the chart.
Teacher will check all journals to insure that all students added when and where and used a comparison. Day 4: 1. Teacher will discuss editing for mechanics at length with the students. Teacher will model editing a piece using her own small moment story written on chart paper.
Teacher will display an editing checklist with the following instructions: a. Reread your story. Does it make sense? Add periods or exclamation points to the ends of each sentence. Add capitals at the beginning of each sentence and for all names. Following editing, the students will illustrate their story and it will be published. The organizers allow students to establish their purpose and effectively plan how their story will unfold.
For a more comprehesive selection that can be downloaded, take a look at the offerings from Scholastic Teachables. The following graphic organizer is made for legal-sized paper. My more proficient writers tend to prefer this organizer because it gives them more room to expand upon their ideas. Mini Anchor Charts Whenever I create anchor charts with my class during our mini-lessons, I have my students create versions of the chart in their writer's notebooks.
I have noticed that when the mini-charts are right there at their fingertips, they tend to be used more frequently. Graphic Organizers I Use for Character Development When we focus on character development, my students use these graphic organizers in both their writing and reading.
First Name Email Address We use this field to detect spam bots. By Genia Connell Grades 1—2, 3—5, 6—8 Just write about a small moment from your life. The unit will end with each child reading their small moment story to the class. Brincklow wrote. Teacher will model editing a piece using her own small moment story written on chart paper. Draw it d.
After a few minutes of hands-on zooming-in practice, we used the Mentor Text Roller Coaster to see how a famous author zooms into a story. Does it make sense? Each student draws a heart, then divides it into sections based on what matters most to them: family, hobbies, friends, special events, and more. We talked that knowing what happened is very different than knowing all the details. We went back to our writing journals and brought them back to the carpet. After thorough discussion and modeling of the above strategies, students will be instructed to read their small moment stories from the day before and to add details using the chart.
So, I brought in a mini-watermelon and we took a minute to pass it around. By Genia Connell Grades 1—2, 3—5, 6—8 Just write about a small moment from your life. We hid around the room. I find this is the graphic organizer my students turn to first when they are looking for an idea. To help out these students, along with all the others, I use a few different graphic organizers to help make planning and writing narratives that are focused, sequential, and interesting a bit easier for my students. The following week, we are going to begin exploring dialogue — eek.
So often in writing we forget to start with the concrete and move to the representational.