Reflection: Organize Your Ideas in a 'Timely' Way For a Narrative - (Lesson 1 of 3) - Section 4: Teacher's Turn


The timing of this lesson could have been better. We had read a book about ML King, Jr the day before and the students were very interested in the discussion about the events of his life. I had planned to organize and create a rough draft in this lesson, but I found that it was engaging to spend time pulling student ideas, such as in this discussion as we moved to guided practice.

We ultimately did not finish the draft and the students only had time to finish an organizer and watch me demonstrate the introductory paragraph.  I was happy that we spent more time discussing the topic, but ultimately the students need to learn how to write a narrative. This lesson will be split over 3 days, instead of 2 so we can use the time to write the draft and edit (part 2/3) and then complete a rough draft and project (part 3/3).

It's a tricky balance at times drawing out and discussing student ideas and focusing on curriculum. Time spent in class discussion is just as valuable as writing instruction, but a balance must be struck. Being flexible with timing and planning is the key. I plan to leave extra time for discussion during social studies and then direct the kids to focus on writing during the writing lesson ("Let's discuss our ideas now and then during writing time, you can put your ideas on paper.")


  Balancing time spent on discussion vs writing
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Organize Your Ideas in a 'Timely' Way For a Narrative - (Lesson 1 of 3)

Unit 7: Writing About Informational Text
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: SWBAT organize information to recount a narrative that describes a person's life and create an introductory paragraph for the rough draft.

Big Idea: Use a timeline to organize the main idea and details about a famous person's life!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Writing, Martin Luther King Jr., main idea, 2nd Grade, biography, informational text, narrative, timeline, detail, collaborative discussion
  55 minutes
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