Writing Informational Text -- Step by Step!! Friday, April 19, My students are having so much fun with our informational writing unit and they are learning so much. The process we are using has really helped them to organize their writing and has given them a much better understanding of non-fiction text structures which has also helped them with comprehension of non-fiction text.
More Writing Ideas - Web Resources - References Introduction - Grade 3 Depending on your class situation and available time, Writer's Workshop activities can be a useful and meaningful extension to TeachersFirst's online instructional units.
Writer's Workshop is a teaching technique that invites students to write by making the process a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum.
Third Grade students learn to write daily through varied activities. In Writer's Workshop, Third Grade students are exposed to the organization and thought required to create a story or write about a favorite topic and develop it into an understandable narrative with a voice and focus.
Third Grade students shift from writing for the activity itself and presenting material to classmates, as in Second Grade, to paying more attention to writing correctly and mechanics.
Because they are allowed to choose the topic, students are motivated to create and complete works, however correct completion may be at the price of creative expression. As in Second Grade, peer conferencing can become a central part to the creative process.
The Writer's Workshop format includes story planning possibly with peer conferencingrevision, teacher editing, and direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar.
For the Third Grade student this teaching technique allows students the opportunity to develop expression, revision strategy, and skill in writing, and encourages them to try a few new things during the revision process. Third Grade students differ from K-2 students in that they may not be as willing to take a chance in their writing.
They would rather 'get it right. In the Third Grade classroom the goals are to challenge the students to expand their ideas in the revision process, not simply 'correct' the previous ones This helps students become aware of writing for different audiences, create focus within a topic, and try to see the piece of writing from a distance.
Because the student is naturally more aware of correct spelling and punctuation, more computer time may be appropriate. Story mapping and first drafts may done on the computer, and revisions can certainly be done effectively on a computer.
Skills will still vary and progress at different rates, but most Third Grade students who are familiar with Writer's Workshop will continue to enjoy the activity of independent writing, the power of their words to express thoughts, and the opportunity to describe experiences to classmates.
Writer's Workshop can be paired with reading activities to create a powerful motivating tool when teaching literacy. In Third Grade literature can become an essential source to model good writing, and a wise teacher will carefully choose the books used as sources.
In Writer's Workshop a teacher can quickly see a student's vocabulary level; organizational skills; their ability to learn, retain and apply information in new situations; attention span; and how a student's abilities grow through the year.
The Writer's Workshop is typically a part of each day. However, for teachers with a schedule problem it can be a 3 day a week activity. Teachers may work within a set curriculum by using Writer's Workshop as an occasional extension activity for specific curriculum units.
Some of these components may already be a part of your classroom routine. Mini-Lesson A Mini- Lesson is usually a minute whole class activity and may be as simple as doing guided writing from a story, or how revision codes are used.
An example is to lay out a favorite story's events in beginning, middle, and end form, create an idea web featuring a book's plot, or formally present the use of 'mechanics' such as more complicated punctuation.
A group reading activity such as a big book, or song or poem written on chart paper can introduce patterns in language and rhyming words, it could be used to search for vocabulary and spelling words, or even to recognize story plots and genres.
In Third Grade it is appropriate to model 'interviewing' so students can observe questioning techniques to use in their peer conferences.
Two very useful mini-lessons for Third Grade are story mapping and having an adult guest writer, or yourself, model the process of revision to illustrate it as a process of discovery.
This is a direct teaching opportunity for teachers to formally present the information to a class, and to reinforce expectations. Some teachers require students to use the mini-lesson information immediately; other teachers will gently re-introduce information to students at the teacher conference sessions and make note of how students are applying what they are learning in whole group activities.
Status of the Class The Status of the Class takes about minutes and provides the student and teacher with information about how the student's work is progressing. In Third Grade Classrooms it can be done with a quick handing out of the folders and a quick response from the students such as Conferencing, First Draft, Work in progress, Revision, Illustrating, Final Editing, Publishing, or it may be posted a bulletin board that has color coded cards.
A written work must have the following format: This information can be completed after the book is written and revised. Third Grade students should be able to use the full 40 minutes if they have been carefully introduced to the Writer's Workshop framework and they have a clear understanding of the expectations.
For the Third Grade student, "what to write about" remains a great concern. Brainstorming sessions can eliminate some of this anxiety.
Peer conferencing is useful to the teacher; and often a discussion with another student can be enough to break through 'writer's block.
This strategy can help a writer structure the plot of the story. A good peer conference may inspire students to include additional details in their writing, and brainstorming sessions may provide many topics for the student's future use.
The Third Grade student can write on regular note paper and skip lines for revision and editing notes. First drafts are very important, and initial corrections of standard spelling and punctuation may be overlooked at this time in order to allow students to focus on fluency of story telling and to build confidence in their topic choice.Annotated Examples of Student Writing The following writing collections are from ELLs in grades 2, 3, 5, 8, and high school.
The Grade 3 This student exhibits a beginning level of second language writing proficiency in English. Grade 3 Learner Objectives Revised September Page 1 of 6 Grade 3 Reading and Literature Objectives STATE GOAL 1: Reading with understanding and fluency.
1A. Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections. Our kiddos have an expository essay as part of their state writing test in fourth grade. I figure if I can help my kids get the basics of this down (instead of sending them to fourth grade with an "expository, say what?"), the fourth grade teachers at my school will worship the ground I walk on.
Opinion/Argument Writing Packet Grades CCCS Anchor Paper Grade 6 CCCS Writing Rubric for Grade 5-SAMPLE 17 Write a Sample Anchor Paper with Your Class 18 Gradual Release of Responsibility Model of Instruction 19 Teaching Writing – Scaffolding Analyzing the Content of a Model Essay: “How Ha’s Mother Is Turned ‘Inside Out’” Created by Expeditionary Learning, on behalf of Public Consulting Group, Inc.
Introduction - Grade 3. Depending on your class situation and available time, Writer's Workshop activities can be a useful and meaningful extension to TeachersFirst's online instructional units.