Let's Wrap It Up

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Objective

SWBAT provide a concluding statement in an informational paragraph.

Big Idea

Instead of ending a piece of writing abruptly, students learn to wrap it up with a concluding statement.

Do Now

15 minutes

While reading my students' drafts, I noticed that they were missing a concluding sentence. When they ran out of things to write, that was it. They sounded unfinished. The standards specifically state that students are able to add a concluding statement so I wanted to be sure they added this very important piece to their writing.

I started by placing my draft I’d been using throughout the writing lessons on the document camera. I did not include a concluding statement when I wrote my draft in anticipation of this lesson. I modeled reading it aloud and emphasizing that it sounded incomplete as written. I told students that the last sentence is called a concluding statement and it wraps up the topic of a paragraph. I stated that my paragraph listed interesting facts about Wave Rock. I then added the concluding statement, “It is a very interesting landform.” I re-read my paragraph aloud again, noting that it now sounded complete with the added concluding sentence.

Independent Practice

20 minutes

As students continued working on their writing, they added their concluding sentences. I walked around and assisted students as needed.  Some concluding sentences were as simple as, “That is all about _____________ .”  This was appropriate since this was their first time adding a concluding statement and their tone, as they read it aloud, provided a sense of finality. We would work on being more specific in a future lesson.

Assessment

10 minutes

For assessment, I read over students' paragraphs and noted whether or not they had added a concluding sentence. The rubric I will use at the conclusion of their paragraphs assesses the inclusion of a concluding statement.

Closure

5 minutes

To close the lesson, students read their concluding statements to a partner.  This gave them an opportunity to hear other statements. If they did not have a concluding statement or wanted to change it, they got some ideas.