Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Writing Mini Lesson #30- Jammin Conclusion

      Were your students successful with using a variety of sentences from the last mini lesson?  No more blah blah blah!  Next up is to work on a jammin' conclusion!


Mentor Texts are always a good way to introduce jammin' conclusions.  Some good ones are First Day Jitters by Danneberg, Owl Moon by Yolen, or The First Dog by Jan Brett.   Don't have any of these?  Don't fret!  You can still teach this lesson!


Share some ideas to help student create a Jammin' Conclusion:


    END THE STORY AND TELL THE FUTURE.

    SURPRISE THE READER.

    TELL THE LESSON.

    WRAP UP THE STORY.

    MAKE SURE THE READER WILL FEEL SATISFIED AND     PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE!


How can you do that?

Follow one of these TEN WAYS TO END YOUR ESSAY!  I will give you an idea for each that could be related to a story about the Revolutionary War.  


1.  Restate the main idea as a question.  Was the Revolutionary War important?


2.  Summarize the main points.  The war was important because it helped America gain independence, democracy grow, and British to lose power.


3.  End the story with a BANG!!!!!  Let freedom ring!


4.  Explain the effect....what happens after or in the future.  America can now start developing their own government.


5.  Add something personal.  I thank the Patriots for my freedom of religion.


6.  Give advice.  Always stand up for what you believe in.


7.  Surprise the reader.  The British are back!  (only to sign the Treaty of Paris)


8.  Tell the lesson.  Don't forget that all men are created equal.


9.  Share your feelings or thoughts.  It is sad to know how many lives were lost.


10.  Provide a wish or hope.  I wish all people could avoid conflicts!


Take notes of these 10 jammin' conclusions!  Here is a sample:




 Next take a look at a class story you are working on.  If you have one of my interactive notebooks, this is the end of one of the modeling samples.


A bunch of hungry little puppies were squealing for their mother!  The dog in Hillary's hands jumped down and anxiously hobbled towards them!  The adorable little puppies rushed over to her.  Hillary's heart just melted and she could see the compassion form in Pam's eyes.  The treasure was quietly awaiting in the corner with a note that said, "Use this fortune for what you feel is best."  Pam and Hillary looked at each other and knew right away what to do with the money.  It was there right thing to do.
  
Add a jammin' conclusion:
Pam now understood the meaning to Hillary's favorite saying, "Everything happens for a reason."  Looking at the map, they both wondered...who put the message in the bottle?

Now that students have had instruction, ideas, modeling, and samples, they can start working on their own conclusions!  



JAM ON!!!

Next writing mini lesson #31- will be crafting a title!

Like always, 
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