Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Do You Like Pizza? 1 of 2 - Section 3: Writing Activity


This writing activity took a lot of time and whole group discussions with the aid of templates and the predictable chart.  I find that I have to put a lot of time in leading them through all the thinking processes before we even write.  My students are too young and inexperienced to listen to a story and write an opinion.  I have tried that and it failed terribly.  Even my high students go to their tables confused.  If I take the time to walk them through all these steps, the writing is easy for them.  This was a long lesson.  I sometimes even break it into three or four days to complete.  I keep an eye on the interest and behavior and will stop a good place and take the lesson up the next day.  Good writing will not come from tired and listless students.  I want them fired up and excited to produce great work!  

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Do You Like Pizza? 1 of 2

Unit 4: Let's Read and Write About Food
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: With prompting and support SWBAT write an opinion paper with an accompanying drawing.

Big Idea: Join us in writing our opinions about pizza.

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