Reflection: Routines and Procedures Planning our Paragraphs - Section 3: Partner Talk


I like to keep the same writing partners throughout a project so that students build relationships in which they feel comfortable sharing. It’s also helpful during partner talk time because students don’t have to continually repeat the work they’ve completed to that point; the partner has heard their story from the beginning to the end.

However, there are times when I like to shake things up a bit to provide a new perspective on writing or to provide additional support. I suspected that this would be somewhat difficult today and knew that I couldn’t be everywhere at once. So I assigned new partners for the day and made sure to link a proficient writer with one who needed help planning their story. This seemed to work really well as most students were able to complete the task in the time provided and we were able to move on to the next step the following day. 

  Routines and Procedures: Partners
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Planning our Paragraphs

Unit 13: Writing our Own Fictional Tales
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT use details from their completed plot maps to plan out the paragraphs in their fictional stories.

Big Idea: After creating a plot map, students begin planning how to turn those details into sequential paragraphs.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, fable, plot line, fairy tales, plot map, Folktales, tall tales, fictional writing, fictional character, paragraph
  50 minutes
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