Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Applying Knowledge: Writing Opener Paragraphs for Narrative Stories - Section 4: Sharing Our Writing


There's a lot of sharing and discourse in this lesson - letting them talk is noisy but so important to producing great writing. My ELL and struggling students have a hard time developing their ideas because they have limited understanding of our language. The brainstorming and narrowing down the topic lessons help to get a focus, but they don't help to bring creativity to the writing. I see that develop from sharing reading found in great books, ideas generated from strong (and weaker) readers in class and sharing of story beginnings orally to get an idea of where each wants his/her own story to start from.I found that I needed to give them time to discuss and evaluate each others story beginnings and to debate which they liked the best to begin to make the realization that often they write for themselves not their readers and how this influences how interested they are in their stories. This is the theme we are teaching throughout this unit and our objective is to get them to become more and more aware of this as they hear, discuss, debate and share ideas with their peers.   

I still remember when we went to the writing training that it was shared that great writers are created by reading a variety of books and learning the fundamentals of story formats - not by natural instinct.

  Value of discourse and oral examples
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Value of discourse and oral examples
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Applying Knowledge: Writing Opener Paragraphs for Narrative Stories

Unit 5: Writing Narrative Stories to Entertain Your Readers
Lesson 4 of 16

Objective: SWBAT...write a "great beginning" to a narrative story that attracts the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters

Big Idea: Writing lets us use our creativity to share our great ideas with our readers. We can write as well as the good authors if we practice their same strategies for creating great beginnings for our stories.

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