Reflection: Backwards Planning Thinking About Our Introductory Sentences - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation

 

One of the reasons I wanted to write this lesson into our crab unit is because I analyzed my student's introductory sentences on their honey bee writing and it was weak.  I thought they would be able to catch on from the Smartboard lesson but that wasn't the case.

I did some thinking and asked myself, "What do I want my students to be able to do when writing introductory sentences?" I thought about what my team and I were doing with Common Core Math and teaching the task arcs.  Instead of teaching students that there is only one correct way to solve a math task, we have been teaching them a variety of strategies to pick and choose from and they get to choose how they want to solve a math task.  I said to myself,  " Why can't I do the same thing when teaching introductory sentences?"  So I made  a new Smartboard lesson that shows a variety of ways to write introductory sentences.  The children will be practicing a variety of ways to make those introductory sentences.  Then they will have a little strategy card to refer to when they write  the introductory sentences for their crab writing. 

This allows students to be in control of their writing and shows them that writing is not a "one size fits all" kind of recipe to making introductory sentences.  They know a variety of ways to create these sentences and now they can play with language and make something new each time they write a story. Take a look at my short video here in the resource section so you can see a few work samples of our Honeybee stories and why I thought we needed a lesson on introductory sentences.

  Backwards Planning: Analyzing Student's Work
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Thinking About Our Introductory Sentences

Unit 4: Analyzing Author's Craft and Expository Writing on Crabs
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT create introductory sentences in different ways.

Big Idea: Students will learn a variety of ways of making introductory sentences so they can pick and choose how they want to start their stories.

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