Sunday, January 13, 2013

Making Better Writers!

Hello friends,
We hope you all a restful break!  One of my favorite things about coming back from winter break is how some of my struggling students are finally ready.  One of those proud moments in the lives of teachers. :) We're going to share a few of our "how to write a sentence" anchor charts.  We meshed some charts that we've used in past years along with some ideas from Pinterest.  The first one is about punctuation and how to use it.  I made a three column chart where I wrote a what each punctuation symbol is used for and a sentence using each one.  We refer to it during writing so that they students can become familiar with how to use it.
 The next chart I made it my how to write a sentence  it focuses on what a sentence needs: begins with a capital letter, spaces and punctuation.
Sandra's chart focuses on writing a proper sentence with a subject and a predicate along with the punctuation as well.  I might have to redo mine like hers it came out really nice!
 Sandra did a directed draw activity with her students using this book.  This book breaks down the picture into steps showing them and easy way to make very creative drawings.  This is the book and sample that is in it.
Here is the teacher example along with a sentence starter for the students to tie the directed draw into the writing mini lesson which was using the criteria chart to make a proper sentence.
Here are some of the student examples.  Each student wrote a complete sentence or more and then had to read it aloud to the class.  They gave themselves constructive criticism.  I think they look really good!
We have lots of fun and exciting themes coming up can't wait to share our fun ideas.
-Cindy :)

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