Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Who is Wilbur? - Section 5: Writing Independently


The evidence that was gathered on the bubble map was used to write a paragraph. I was very happy with how their first drafts demonstrated evidence about how the author describes Wilbur. I think my students are becoming confident about using transition words

There is one particular student who still needs much assistance. Part of the challenge with him is getting him to be focused because when he does, he accomplishes the tasks. So I am happy to see the emergence of evidence in his writing demonstrating understanding of the task. My challenge is to make sure he builds consistency with the skills and to for him to always do his best.

In Yes,WilburIsChanging&Growing, the student offers an opening sentence and then proceeds to give supporting details. The students does use pattern sentences, something English Language Learners sometimes rely on as they are developing their writing. I do like his closing sentence about how Wilbur is changing and growing.

I offer examples of opening sentences on a chart to support my English Language Learners.

The next piece GreatDetailsAboutWilbur the student uses an opening sentence, as above. I like the descriptive language that was used and how the writing flowed. It is a really good writing piece.

The demand of the CCSS is to integrate writing across the curriculum. This is welcomed news. With our previous program, the writing was separate from what the students were reading about, which resulted in fragmented learning for them. With this change, students make connections between what they are speaking about and reading about. In doing so, students get to develop their voice as the express their ideas on paper.  

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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Who is Wilbur?

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 2 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about a character in a literary text.

Big Idea: We get to know Wilbur through Fern, his caretaker.

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