Reflection: Pacing Organizing the Ideas: Day 1 of 2 - Section 3: Guided Practice


One thing I have noticed about First Graders is that, once they realize that they can actually write, they just want to write.  Which is a good thing; however, the results are usually not organized.  The explaining part and graphic organizers is not interesting to all my students, the independent ones just want to write and my less independent ones tend to tune out when the lesson gets long.

However, the modeling and explaining during the writing block is key to student organization and expression. I understand I tell them, ‘you are sitting, listening, and not doing,' but it is also the most important part of the writing block because they are learning to develop their ideas and that is the part that excites me.

I truly do feel for my students during this part of the writing process, it is long and they are sitting for a long period of time.  However, if I tell them to just write the story they get frustrated because they do not know how to start or what to write.  It seems to help them when I tell them, “I know this is boring, but it is what all good writers do”.

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Organizing the Ideas: Day 1 of 2

Unit 14: Snails: Fact and Fiction, or, Information and Literary
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT organize their ideas into categories that will lead to developing the central idea and characters of their fiction personal narrative.

Big Idea: Where do I start? This lesson has the tools to help your students get organized!

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