Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Grows On Farms? - Section 5: Independent Writing

 

One of the shifts with the CCSS is integrating writing throughout the day. Students need to write everyday and what happens when they do, they become more confident about writing. Another shift is engaging students with informational text and when we mix these two components what I am happy to see is my students integrating the vocabulary words in their writing. And for my students who are learning English this is exactly what they need to have academic success.

In writing a paragraph about what they learned, they need to reread their notes first and think about what they are going to write before they do it. Then, they decide what details they want to share. They are learning to make decisions for themselves.

Some of the vocabulary that I am seeing in their writing includes: agriculture, crops, tubers, and vegetables. The word agriculture can be read in California Grows Many Crops. Even words like pumpkins and potatoes which may seem common are not for some of my students. These are multi-syllabic words that in using them aid their reading fluency and comprehension. Read InterestingLearningAboutVegetables&Farms to see what I mean.

In their writing, I also see good usage of transition words or time order words such as first, then, next, after that, and finally: Yes, Vegetables Are Healthy! Consistent practice helps my students learn how to use these words so much faster. When we provide students with rich content they produce rich content even with those who sometimes struggle. Take, for example the piece, Writing About Vegetables. I know I need to work on making their writing more interesting, but I can see is that my students are becoming more at ease with tackling nonfiction text.

Another thing I like about engaging students with informational text is that it allows me to integrate their social studies curriculum. Having the students read about their state and what it produces flowed very naturally. When we can integrate the learning for our students they learn the material at a deeper level.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing on What They Learned About Farms
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What Grows On Farms?

Unit 7: Farms
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in an informational text.

Big Idea: Students will learn where the crops they see and use on a daily basis comes from. We are building background knowledge that will help them gain a deeper understanding of the setting in Charlotte's Web (our companion unit), too!

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