Reflection: High Quality Task Should Animals Wear Clothes? 5 of 5 - Section 2: Lesson and Activity

 

The actual writing process follows the same procedures all year long.  I do vary the writing expectations.  When we first begin to write I use a dot-to-dot font so they just trace their sentences. As we get more proficient at our writing skills I provide a fill in the blank sentence or just provide a line for each word they are expected to write.  I change it up according to their ability.  This lesson, I am expecting my students to copy their sentences.  I have typed their sentences onto strips of paper for them to quickly copy the sentence onto their story paper.  The students know the writing procedure and will only need prompting and reminding to stay on task.  They have gotten faster at producing a paper.  Their questions are more specific now than at the beginning of the year.  

 

I did find that most of my students began to write their sentences before they even received their slips.  This observation tells me that I made this too easy for them.  I need to challenge them more by having them write the sentences from memory.  This lesson also tells me that all the "front loading" of information and review every day was beneficial for their comprehension and ability to provided the expected task.  

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  High Quality Task: Watch me write what I think and feel.
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Should Animals Wear Clothes? 5 of 5

Unit 2: Should Animals Wear Clothes
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: With prompting and support TSWBAT write a brief opinion paper using sentence frames and drawing an accompanying illustration.

Big Idea: Sentence frames provide ELLs language support and a framework to explain their thinking. They are used in this lesson to help students write a brief opinion paper in response to a story read aloud.

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