Reflection: Unit Planning A Time to Write: Practicing Writing with a Expository Prompt - Section 3: Closing


When I designed this unit, I wanted to direct students to important things to remember and refer to as well as build up their skills in writing by starting with narrative writing and then expository. I thought narrative writing was easier than expository writing for 4th graders. I'm not sure now. When student's said that it was easier to brainstorm and draft an expository writing piece than to write a narrative, I was surprised. I am not sure if it is because of the genre or just that the second time they practiced assessment practice writing, they were more comfortable writing and therefore it was easier. Either way, I realize that I have to be thoughtful of the order of lessons and opportunities to practice for the assessment. If I had more recently worked on expository writing in my units of study, I might have also focused on that genre in this unit. 

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A Time to Write: Practicing Writing with a Expository Prompt

Unit 8: Genre of Assessment
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use the writing process to respond to a writing assessment prompt.

Big Idea: Students practice responding to a writing prompt to prepare for the state assessment.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, prewriting, drafting (Writing Process), Comprehension (Reading), detail (Composition), 4th grade, drafting, Fourth Grade, Writing Assessment, prompt, assessment, rubric, narrative structure, short answer
  55 minutes
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