Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Kind of Animals Live on Farms? - Section 3: Writing About A Farm Animal

 

In looking at the work of my students, this is what I see. A couple of my students highlighted everything on the paper instead of 7-10 facts. So they were not being selective. And, it showed up in their writing. For example, one of my students wrote sentences instead of a paragraph. On the one hand, I am happy he is writing these sentences because he is one of my struggling students. So the next step with him is to give me one-on-one support for writing the paragraph. In addition, I will need to remind him of using an opening sentence and a closing sentence. More importantly, I need to help him know what exactly he wants to include about the rabbit. •AllAboutRabbits Paragraph.JPG

But, I continue to be happy with what the students are producing as drafts. The drafts do show me that the students are understanding the gist of how to structure a paragraph and include the necessary components: opening sentence, supporting details, closing sentences, and to be mindful of the quality of their sentences. All of these parts will be revisited during the revision process--one at a time. Here are their some of their work samples that illustrate the points made above:

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I feel part of what is helping them write good drafts is in part to the usage of graphic organizers that make it easier for them to. Also, I feel the shift with the CCSS that expects students to tackle informational text aids this process as well. These various experiences with informational text in different ways is helping the students build their confidence.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Farm Animal Paragraphs
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What Kind of Animals Live on Farms?

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 12 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in an informational text.

Big Idea: A variety of animal life inhabit a farm. Today, we are complementing our Charlotte's Web reading with some research on farm animals to build our background knowledge!

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