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A Year of Mini Lesson for Growing Writers

A Year of Mini Lesson for Growing Writers



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A Year of Mini Lessons for Growing Writers
Based on the book
No More I
m Done
by Jennifer Jacobson
Lesson Resources Focus lesson Extension
How will I Organize my Writing?
FQ: Why do stories need aBeginning, middle & end?
Personal writing pieces When ideas are presented willy-nilly, the audience had difficultyfollowing our thinkingLG: stories need a beginning,middle & endWhen we share our own writing,listen to students questionsand come back with a revisedpiece to share based on theirsuggestions.
How did the AuthorOrganize the Work?(K-2)
FQ: why would an authorwrite a story using apattern?
Carmine: A Little More Red 
by Melissa Sweet
One way to organize our writing isto write a book with apredictable structure (patternbook)LG: to notice how author
s writetheir storiesBegin a t-chart labeled with
{title| and {organization|. As
you read pattern books askstudents to point out theorganizational structure.
FQ: How can a mentor text
A mentor text with aclear predictablestructure like
by Cindy WardUse a mentor text to write andinteractive story.To write a fiction andinformational text using thepredictive structure of apattern book.
support us as writers? LG: to write a pattern book
FQ: How does choosing anorganizational style BEFOREyour begin writing help you asan author?
A number of picturebooks about animalswritten by SteveJenkins & Robin Page.Invite students to image theyare going to write a book onanimal facts. How would theyorganize their book?LG: Authors decide how theywant to organize their writingbefore they startStudents can search thenonfiction section of thelibrary to discover other waysof organizing books aboutanimal facts.
Model the Use of an OrganizationalStructure(1-2)
FQ: How do you choose theorganization of your writing?
Personal writing pieceswith clear organizationShare writing with students. Askfor feedback using the sameformat as author
’s chair
 pointing out what I did well andasking questions for clarification.
LG: Author’s use a specific
structure when they writeBegin a web of organizationalstructures. Some ideas may
be ABC, time order, what’sgood/what’s bad, et
c. Fromcircle draw mentor texts thatfollow these patterns
Focus &Organization(K-2)
FQ: Why is it important toplan out your writing?
Anchor chart titled
{Things We KnowAbout| from previous
lesson (Sept.)
Whiteboard & markerWhen writers take the time toconsider the focus of theirpieces, organization become muchclearer.
LG: Writer’s use a process when
they begin a new piece
 brainstorming, planning is thefirst partCollect a number of booksabout chosen topic and examinethe books to determineorganizational form.
Great Leads
otte’s Web 
by Share with the students that Examine beginnings in different
FQ: What is a hook?E.B. White E.B. White write eight drafts of 
Charlotte’s Web 
(remindstudents of writing process)
LG: Writer’s use a {Lead| to
grab their readers attention
books. Make a chart thatrecords the lead and the
techniques the author’s used
to capture the attention of the readers.
Beginning Book Bags(1-2)
FQ: What are somedifferent ways to
areader into your story?
20 books fromclassroom library
Sticky notes
Five or six cloth bookbags
Duct tape
Permanent markerRead some leads from booksgathered and have studentslook for similarities. Organize thedifferent leads by their styles(dialogue, question, sound)
LG: Writer’s use a {Lead| to
grab their readers attentionSuggest that studentsexamine their own work and list
the types of leads they’ve
One Day
FQ: What are somedifferent ways to
areader into your story?
Sample writing that
begins with {one day|or {I like|
 Students will begin often begin
their writing with a {safetybeginning|. To help studentsapply that they’ve been
learningabout leads or to break the rutremind students to try anotherstrategy.
LG: Writer’s use a {Lead| to
grab their readers attentionAsk students to begin a newpiece, but instead of writingone lead, have then writethree different leads usingthree different strategies.They can share their possibleleads with peers and thenchoose the one they believe ismost engaging.
How Do I Write With Voice?
Introducing Voice(K-2)
Several picture booksby Eric Carle and JanBrettIntroduce voice through art,beginning with picture books byJan Brett. Ask what studentsnotice about her art.In the picture book
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road 
byJon Agee 14 artist offer apunch line to the riddle. This isa great opportunity for showing

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