Sunday, July 10, 2016

Writing Mini-Lessons for 2nd or 3rd Grades

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Writing is talking on paper. If a child tells you that he doesn’t know what to write about, simply respond with this statement, “That’s so sad. It looks like you won’t be talking today.” 

Simply said, write ALOUD in front of your students for about 10 minutes each day. If you don’t finish a lesson, don’t worry. Simply pick up the next day where you left off. If you add on to your writing, students will add on to their writing. If you revise your writing, students will revise theirs. These lessons can easily stretch into 60 days, and it’ll be time well spent. Essentially, we’re teaching the same concepts over and over anyway.

Take time to SHOW students what’s going on inside your head.  When I was a first-year teacher, my principal said to me after observing a math lesson, “The difference in a mathematician and a good math teacher is that a good math teacher can teach others how to teach math. You’re a good math teacher.”

I’ve always laughed about how that was a backhanded compliment, but I agree wholeheartedly with him.  I believe the same holds true for teaching writing. If writing comes naturally to you, it may be harder for you to teach others how to write. If it doesn’t, you may be the best writing teacher out there.

Regardless of how easily writing comes to you, be sure to share the thinking that goes on inside your head with kids. Well, be sure it’s school appropriate! Some things you may want to keep to yourself. It’s okay to get stuck. If that happens, let your students help you figure out what you’re going to write next.

This packet is designed to get you started writing aloud with your students. You can use the lessons as they are written, or you can modify them to best meet your students’ needs. You can use a computer with a projector, document camera, chart paper, or an overhead projector when modeling. Just be sure the students see you writing.

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