Common Core Connection
This is the sixth lesson in the unit for W1.8 (Research Writing). I have to break this standard down into manageable sections (finding information, writing notes/details, topic sentences, and now selecting details from notes). This lesson deals with determining what is important in the text. There is so much information available to the students, but I am trying to teach them to be selective in what they view as important.
The students work with me as we read a piece of informational text and decide what we think is important. The we add that to a graphic organizer. This is done with partners using the research I provided them based on their interests in the partner work section.
During this time I try to motivate my class and assess their prior knowledge regarding selecting appropriate details. So, I project the lesson image on the Smart Board to excite them about writing, and ask the students to discuss how they know what details to include. I hope they say that the details must be about a related topic and seem important. Whatever they say I share their conversations, and explain that today we will select details based on their connection to the topic sentence, other details, and importance.
Then we chant the lesson goal, "I can select detail that support my topic sentence."