We are ready to move onto Narrative Writing! I love love love our notebooks and referring back to our previous lessons! I hold them accountable for the skills we already learned! I even have my Math/Science partner on board and she is keeping up with it too! After introducing the Narrative Writing elements, and looking at our checklist, we were ready for
Step One- Prewriting. Woo woo! Let the writing begin!!!!! We reviewed this poster:
It is very helpful to talk out loud as you are brainstorming for the class sample! I used "A Shattered Window." I talked about why I chose it for my writing and how I could come up with many ideas to go along with it. Then I showed this slide that shows different scenarios for my idea.
We added a few more ideas to the list. For my GT class, I didn't want them using the same prompt. Since we are currently studying mysteries, it worked out great. I told them to think of ideas for a mystery story. Then brainstorm different scenarios for it. They had light bulbs to put in their interactive notebooks. I told them to write their ideas on the front of the light bulb, then choose one idea and put it under the light bulb. Here are some student samples:
|We glued the base and the very top so they could lift it up to put their top choice.|
Next we has a lesson on task, purpose, and audience. I taught the lesson with this poster on my smart board and then talked through my sample. Students took notes and then decided on the task, purpose, and audience for their own writing and added it to their notebooks:
Now this creative student took her goal and although I didn't provide or instruct for students to make their goal interactive, she took it upon herself to make hers more fun. She made my day! I loved her "Secret Door" with the goal inside!
Graphic Organizer: I showed them many different organizers that they may choose from at a later date but we would use the same one this time. After placing this in our notebooks, I told my cherubs that we will go back to it after each lesson and add to it.
Today, we focused on crafting a plot. My students loved it so much that they asked me to do it again and then asked if we could videotape it. I love being spontaneous and said, "Why not?" Then they said let's put it on Youtube! Oh geeze. Seriously? I said absolutely no at first. I can act out in front of them but others? Not so much. Then I thought if they loved the lesson so much......why not embarrass myself completely and let other students be motivated in writing? So here it is! Enjoy the ride! NO JUDGEMENT ZONE!! Youtube Video on Crafting Plot This is the poster in the background of the video.
Although I had a printable for their notebooks, I recently was told that I need to start being careful of my copies! Oopssss! So I thought this could be one they can draw and take notes.
Stay tuned for the next lesson!!!!!!!!