Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines It's Off to the County Fair! - Section 6: Journal Response: What Happened In This Chapter?


It is good to see the fruit of one's labor. This lesson asked much of them. I ask much of them because I know what they are capable of doing but also because I know where they need to be.

I feel my students are doing a good job of handling both informational text and literary text. They are moving from one type of text to another without complaint or fear that they cannot do it. One of the reasons I feel this is happening is due to the integration of the topics. The integration is authentic - they know the purpose for researching insects and that their research will deepen their understanding of the fiction we are reading. The other reason is that I am making sure they are being guided appropriately. Lastly, the students are being given various opportunities to write about what they are learning, which also supports lasting learning.

In answering the question, what has happened in this part of the chapter?, I am asking them to think again about the events in this chapter. I am looking to see how they incorporate the vocabulary of the chapter in their writing.

For example, this student loves to write. It is apparent with how much she writes. While some of her writing can be off topic, in this case, she does a good job of providing details about what happened. She can still work on condensing her ideas.

Next, this student demonstrates a more basic recounting skill, but she gets what is happening, which is important.

Lastly, the writing of this student is showing growth in building consistency with her sentence structure and her comprehension of events.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: What Has Happened in this Chapter?
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It's Off to the County Fair!

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 20 of 27

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

Big Idea: Excitement abounds as everyone prepares for the fair. Wilbur gets a buttermilk bath. The Zukermans' dress in their best and Wilbur's crate carries two stowaways.

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