Thanks to twowritingteachers.wordpress.com for hosting the annual Slice of Life Challenge. We are all writing every day for the entire month of March!
I have to admit that I find it hard to always share my life and reflections as a writing coach. In some ways, I am uncomfortable taking any credit at all for the instruction that happens in classrooms. Our teachers work so hard and have been asked to absorb so much in the way of both new curriculum and new instruction. That being said, today I had an incredible shout-out from one of the teachers I've been working with closely, and she inspired me to write about the work that she's been doing in her classroom. She and her team have been piloting the new fourth-grade information writing unit, using the new Units of Study for Writing from The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
This teacher has invited me in several times throughout the unit, and I have several posts that I've been crafting to offer peeks into the unit and I apologize for going out of sequence, but I can't resist writing about the lesson that went on today, especially since it was a great slice of life!
The class is up to learning about leads for introductions to informational pieces and I love that in the book, there are options for introductions that include:
- Fun, surprising, or shocking facts
- "Imagine" statements
We have added to this repertoire, as we have studied nonfiction books we love, so the choices have been developing. Today, the teacher taught about the different ways to begin a piece, creating the chart at the right.
Then, she modeled how writers can even combine techniques., writing on the fly in front of her students on the whiteboard.
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