Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bold Beginnings

Hi Friends,
Just popping in quickly to share a writing mini lesson that I did a couple of weeks ago (gasp!).  In my district, we have to do district wide common assessments in ELA.  So early in September, the kids had to write a narrative piece for a baseline score.  The first benchmark was fast approaching and we had spent a lot of time on nonfiction reading and writing.  I knew I had to step it up and quick.

Switching gears, I dove right into my Six Traits teachers edition and started planning.  Naturally, I decided to start at the beginning (phew!).  We spent the next week learning about ways author's begin their stories.  We read many mentor texts and analyzed how the pros did it.  I think the class favorite was Mice and Beans by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Click the picture below to see this book on Amazon.

Then we spent some time going through a variety of beginnings with this ppt that I made.  Pretty soon, I'm going to figure out how to make an interactive file that can be flattened and secured.   (If anyone knows, please share!)  After we finished going through the many creative ways to begin a story, we tried our hand at writing our own beginnings in our interactive writing notebooks.  If you're looking for a quick and easy mini lesson or two, just click the image below.

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