“Because of Winn Dixie” was a wonderful story to supplement our personal narrative unit. We often referred back to specific examples that we could incorporate into our own writing. The children were encouraged to:
- close their eyes to make a movie in their minds of a small moment
- focus in on exact details and specific moments rather than general sentences
- zoom in on the most important part of the story
- leave out the parts that don’t matter
- story tell the events in their story step-by-step across their fingers
- tell the internal story by including their thoughts feelings and responses
- begin with a strong lead (action, setting, description, dialogue, or thoughts)
- close with a strong ending (action, dialogue, thoughts, images, and whole story reminders that leave a lasting impression)
- reread the story with a partner, look for confusing parts and revise for meaning
We have been reviewing the correct way to use quotation marks in our writing. If you would like to review quotation marks along with other punctuation marks by taking a quick quiz, click on the pictures below:
At school we are working on writing an ALL ABOUT book. They want to learn as much as possible so that they can share it with their readers. Today they brought home a topic that they chose and the chapter headings that they want to include. Could you please help them find more information either online, in books, or from your experience. It would be great if they brought it to school by January 24th.
The students have had approximately 45 minutes a day for the past 3 weeks to gather facts and begin generating paragraphs about a place. They have had the opportunity to look through books and articles to locate facts. If your child brought home his/her composition book this evening, he/she needs to add facts. Please encourage them to do this so that we can continue to progress through our research unit. Thanks!