Content: Language Arts
Focus: writing showing sentences
Literature Source: teacher made materials
Activity: Nancy began the lesson with a review of a discussion that took place on Friday where students found sentences that showed, not told. They were asked to write down two ways that they could show with their sentences. Next, students moved to pair where each person was asked to tell the other one way to write showing sentences. Students then shared what their partner taught them about writing showing sentences as Nancy created a list on the board and asked clarifying questions, generalizing and providing examples for students to think about. Then, students wrote showing sentences on the board for other students to respond to and make suggestions. Writers had to be able to defend their sentences as showing sentences. Nancy followed this by a paragraph about a haunted mansion (Mrs. G.'s House). As students put their heads on their desks with eyes closed visualizing, Nancy continued the narrative, building a air of expectancy as she described students approaching the mansion. This was followed with students writing descriptive sentences on sentence strips - silently and independently. Once the students had completed writing, they shared their sentences and identified the technique they had used for writing descriptive sentences. What engagement and enthusiasm - creating a real audience for real writers!
Unknown to students, tomorrow they will play writing musical chairs. Students move to designated desks and when the music stops, they write the next sentence. On Friday, the teacher dressed as a Halloween "creature" will share the stories with the class.
Students responded well to this format - not being overwhelmed by the length of the project.
- what happens when you use too many adjectives?
- can you give me an examples?
- what happens when we change the word to...?
- what do you see?
- how can you do that?