Reflection: Modeling Elmer and the Wind - Section 3: Writing Activity


The modeling of all the components that go into this writing activity is intense.  It is fun and time consuming.  I find I have to spend a lot of time modeling and front loading my students step by step in order to get a three sentence compare/contrast paper out of them.  It is important that I do model all the steps.  Next year they will be expected to go through the writing process independently.  The more I model and expect them to do the process with me, the better they will understand the product.  I use Thinking Maps to help my students visualize and organize their thoughts and ideas about the story.  In this case we are comparing characters.  While the process takes time, the process makes so much sense of the thinking process behind the writing.  The information is all laid out in front of my students and all they have to do is choose which bubbles they want to use in their writing. Comparing and contrasting is an important skill for upper grades to know for testing and writing using more difficult texts.  One time I did not do all the modeling and using the double bubble map just to see how they would do.  Even my high students came up to me with empty papers asking me, "what do I do?"  It was a disaster.  The modeling is necessary for my students to produce the expected outcome.

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Elmer and the Wind

Unit 8: Elmer
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT engage in class discussions and write an informative paper about the characters in the story.

Big Idea: We will discuss story details and then write an informative paper about the characters.

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