Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Frog and Toad Are Friends - The Letter - Section 3: Letter Writing


    When I originally taught this lesson I was vague with my instructions to my students.  I said, " Make sure to include events from the story in your letter."   One of the reasons I love working on the Master Teacher Project is that I get to work with a coach who reviews my lessons.  What makes perfect sense in my mind as I write these lessons isn't necessarily what comes across to the viewer. 

Her feedback for me was to align the lesson more to standard W1.3 - Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. I should have had the students sequence the events from the story and use temporal words.  She also made a great suggestion that I'm going to pass along to you as well.  If your class hasn't done much lesson writing you could even take as much as 5 days to make sure you are teaching letter writing in depth.  Your lesson sequence may look like this: 

  • Day 1 - Mechanics of a Friendly Letter
  • Day 2 - Brainstorming the Events We Want to Put In Order
  • Day 3 - Adding Details To Our Events
  • Day 4 - Putting It All Together With Temporal Words
  • Day 5 - Closing Our Letter Out

Your final product would be a wonderfully detailed narrative that would really address standard W1.3.  I am definitely going to make some changes next year when I teach this lesson so I can really make sure I am addressing standard W1.3.

  Making the Letter Better
  Adjustments to Practice: Making the Letter Better
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Frog and Toad Are Friends - The Letter

Unit 3: Frog and Toad Are Friends
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe the characters in the story and also write a friendly letter from Frog or Toad's perspective.

Big Idea: Students will use the events from the entire book in their friendly letter. They will write their letter pretending to be either Frog or Toad.

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