Okay, I have to admit it. I hate it when people refer to every text as a "story". I understand that it's second nature.
This has become one of my favorite units to teach students. This post is part of a series of posts on Informational Writing.
Below is what we did during our first week. I chose to have students write about sea turtles. I have no reason for picking that topic, other than the fact that I could find text on it quickly.
This new article is a two-page text with vivid photos, a one-page text with no photos, fact sort, and QR codes. For our writing assessment, students have to read and watch a video about an animal and then write an informational paragraph that includes an opening, facts and details, and a closing.
The requirements basically follow the Common Core Standards for Writing for second grade. Each week, we go through the same processwhere we gather facts, sort facts, and write about an animal.
Gather Facts As a class, we used a mind map to share out all that we knew about sea turtles and filled in the top of our map. We filled in the top part green prior to any reading or watching.
It does have sea turtles mating. My boys giggled and then got over it. After watching the video, we came back to the carpet and checked our facts. We also added what we learned from the video to the bottom of the circle map in red and orange. During the reading, I walked students through reading each paragraph in a variety of ways.
Sometimes I read the paragraph and had students following along.
When I use this method, I wills top on random words and students need to say the next word. I do this to ensure students are following along. One partner will read the paragraph and the other partner will either read the same paragraph or read the next paragraph.
I basically vary how we read the text to meet the needs of all my learners. After each paragraph, we stop and record facts that we learned in that paragraph so that students can remember the details. I find that if we read too much, students will only remember the last part that we read and not what they read three paragraphs ago.
While sharing, I also will have students tell their partner a fact before sharing out whole group.
Each fact has the same format: I wanted to make this as easy as possible for my lower readers with a standard sentence structure.
Later on in studyI do a few mini-lessons on combining sentences and making complex sentences.
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Summarizing Nonfiction Text Day 1. Add to Favorites. teachers like this lesson. Print Lesson. Share. Objective. SWBAT using summary frames to summarize the different nonfiction texts. These kids have been writing summaries for a few years now, so I don't need to do too much to teach what a summary actually is.
I'll use. Lauching Writing Workshop: Mentor Texts! I love my fourth grade teacher friends but save some good ones for us too! But, I was tired of rehashing fourth grade with my fifth graders! great for teaching about creativity, imagination, or point of view.
It's a good text to have handy for fiction or even non-fiction writing. Don't forget to.