Reflection: Lesson Planning Speaking, Listening and Writing Compound Contrasting Sentences - Section 2: Stating the Objective and Guided Practice With Our First Point


I don't like using tons of worksheets in my classroom.  I do use them when they are appropriately matched to the objective, but I try not to overuse them.  I try to teach my grammar skills in context and make sure students have a good amount of guided practice while they're learning those skills.  Sometimes it helps to use a worksheet for independent practice to make sure students get lots of repetitive practice with the skills taught.

After that initial lesson we practice our skills in our authentic forms of writing.  If you watched the video of our first comparing point you'll see that I made many comments to my students about using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and about how proper nouns needed to be capitals as well. We've had lessons on these skills before and I want students to see the connection between the skill lesson and how its actually applied to those authentic forms of writing.  As teachers we teach these grammar skills so students can use them in their writing - not just on a practice worksheet.

Even though this lesson didn't focus on grammar skills, I want them to practice those skills each day within the context of their reading and writing lessons.  Children will rise to the occasion if you set the bar high for them.  This is why I always demand the most of my students.

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Speaking, Listening and Writing Compound Contrasting Sentences

Unit 11: Comparing, Contrasting, and Determining Theme in Multicultural Cinderella Stories
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT use the information from their double bubble map to write complex contrasting sentences using a connecting word.

Big Idea: Today we are using text evidence and writing answers with complex sentence structure.

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