Common Core Connection
W1.8 (Research Writing) is the standard I am focusing on in this lesson. This is the ninth lessons in this unit, and the students write their own closing sentence. Creating a closing sentence for a paragraph that is based on research provided is quite a complex task for first graders. The closing sentence connects to all the sentences in the paragraph. I often ask the students to reread the paragraph and try to say it all in one sentence. It is often a broad statement, and it ends up being similar to the topic sentence.
This brings me to another point. I feel that this is a very rigorous lesson, unit, and standard. When rigor is paired with relevance the students' abilities seem to increase, which makes the lesson activities much easier. My principal and mentor always says, "Relevance makes rigor possible." What I am saying is that when students are interested in a topic they can often read way about their lexile or complete very challenging tasks.
As a class we create a few closing sentences for a variety of paragraphs. Then I allow the students to work with a partner to create their own closing sentence, but I am wondering around helping them arrive at the best closing. The students work with a Peanut Butter Jelly Partner and do Transitions frequently to increase the engagement in the lesson.
At this point in the lesson I want to excite, motivate, and assess my students. So, I project the lesson image of my students working on this unit on the smart board. It just excites them. Then I ask them to discuss what a closing sentence is supposed to do. While they talk I assess their prior knowledge.
Next, I share the lesson plan so my students know what to expect. Last, we chant the lesson goal, "I can create a closing sentence."