Today, I am linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper! Since we recently started a new unit in our writing curriculum this is the perfect time to link up!
Students are now becoming teachers as they inform writers about the different topics they are already experts on. I know I say it each time I post about writing but I continue to be impressed by my first graders as they continue to grow as writers. Still lots of work to go but these kids are writers!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Since starting this unit last week I have already seen my young authors write about a variety of topics. Some of the topics include: dogs, sharks, teachers, pets, cookies, Skylanders, flag football, Chicago sports, Christmas and even the list goes on and on. Students are loving sharing their knowledge about topics they enjoy.
We have lots to work on but with only a couple days under their belts I am proud of my kids for jumping into this new kind of writing!
Here is one of my young writers pieces about sharks:
|“I know a lot about sharks. They have bad vision. They think people are sea lions. They have enemies. They have sharp teeth. They have fins.” I don’t know that all of these are “facts;” however, I am impressed with this little boy’s creativity!!|
|“You need to make sure that kids are listening. They work in a school.”|
|“You need to make sure that they learn.”|
In order to help get my students to stretch out their writing to inform others we are using a few simple steps. To grab your copy of this poster please click the image below!