For example, we would read mentor texts to look for good beginnings, then we create a chart of good beginnings, then we choose a writing topic from our lists (read more about that here), and practice writing good beginnings.
I may have the students write 2-3 beginnings, then chose their favorite.
We also spend a lot of time sharing during this time so the students can apply what they are learning and hear lots of examples from their peers.
After we have learned and applied all the strategies for a genre to one piece of writing, we are ready to try out some more.
In this post, I want to share how I teach writing in 5th grade (very applicable to 3rd and 4th grade as well).
I spend approximately 9 weeks on each main genre of writing (narrative, persuasive, and informational/expository).However, I typically only pull the students who are seriously struggling at this point in instruction.At this point in our pacing, I have taught a lot of writing craft skills, and the students have several essays, applying what they have learned (usually 3-5 essays by this point).Now, it is time to get into perfecting their conventions and practicing on demand prompts.The lessons during this three week period are very mini and focus mostly on conventions and mechanics.While all of the writing prompts are easy to incorporate independently, some of the prompts can be used in collaboration with a story or novel that you are reading in class. If you could create your very own monster, what would it look like? Write a poem about your favorite part of Halloween, telling why it is special to you.ything there is to know about your monster. Start from the minute he or she puts on his or her costume and finish when he or she gets home and put on normal clothes again. Halloween is a favorite among students of all ages. Tell me everthing there is to know about your monster. Whether you want to take a few minutes to have students “quick-write” or spend 20-30 minutes writing their answers to the writing prompts, these easy-to-use writing prompts will encourage your students to be creative. In this three week period, the students choose more topics from their lists to write about.As the students are writing, they are referring to charts and examples from our previous mini-lessons to help them apply what they have learned.