Leads in Writing!

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  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    Do you do any neat lessons for teaching about leads in writing? Some are doing phenomenally! That's next week's primary focus and goal. :) What do you suggest?
     
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    Do you have a Promethean Board?
     
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    We share a lot of leads in trade books, both good and bad, and have a class discussion. We also talk about different ways to start a piece, like an exciting event, a quotation, dialog, etc.. Then the kids write two different leads for their pieces and conference in small groups to get feedback from peers on which is better.
     
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    Since we're doing expository, we may look at some leads that start newspaper articles (in the school newspaper) as well as magazine articles. I am also distributing a neat sheet tomorrow- and even discussing one student's lead from last week that was a multiple choice question! It worked! It was awesome! :woot:
     
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    We have a great program that we use here in CT. It is called Empowering Writers. I just went to an expository workshop last week. It was fantastic. I takes you through the steps to writing an expository piece. Check out their website, Empoweringwriters.com (I think?). If not, Google Empowering Writers.
     
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    Check into TQW (Teaching Quality Writing) by Ralph Fletcher. It is inexpensive, and very teacher friendly and the students love to write using it.
     
  9. Ms.Jasztal

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    I'll check everything!

    Here are some of my PHENOMENAL leads- that I didn't help one inch with. :)

    Winds at 100 miles per hour, windows creaking.
    What should you do at a time like this?

    A. Panic
    B. Run around in a circle like a crazy person
    C. Get everything together

    The answer is C. get everything together so that is
    what I am supposed to do right now. Okay, my
    checklist… get a lot of food, make sure you have
    a lot of water, and supply yourself with a
    generator. Okay, check, check, and check!

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    Okay, let’s vote on the neatest place in the world. These
    are your choices.

    Hershey, Pennsylvania
    San Antonio, Texas
    New York City, New York

    I’d pick A. Hershey, Pennsylvania. Let me tell you why: it
    has a theme park, some historical attractions, and
    chocolate.

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    “What light through yonder window breaks, it is the east and Juliet is the sun!” Yes, I am quoting Shakespeare. Dwane “The Rock” Johnson, Anne Hathaway, and Nicole Kidman all are famous actors, but they started in their first play or movie. I love to act and it is my goal to be outstanding at it. I LOVE acting because it is fun, everybody is nice, and it gives me something to do.

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    Ahh, ohh, eh, I hear the screams of the people as they fly by on Sheikra! You now know you have arrived at Busch Gardens. You would want to see the Egypt exhibit, go through river rapids, and ride a train into an African grassland.


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    The television is off and you’re listening to the pounding rain. The storm barely started and you can tell it’s going to last a long time. You are trying to not cry of being so miserable. But there are things you can do such as playing a game or taking a bath. You could also wait it out by watching television.
     
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    You've got some great writers! I want to teach a lesson that has them doing the multiple choice thing... great.
     
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    Wow, Ms. J, those are great leads!!
     
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    They did phenomenally!! However, those wonderful examples balance out with those who are learning to really write the great leads. What would you suggest here? Maybe a partnership where kids can encourage one another to write great leads?

    We had a PowerPoint today, and more kids began putting in their three main ideas and really made their leads pertinent and concise. Some were so creative! :) I'm having a blast, and I hope they are as well.
     
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    I think pairing some that need additional help with those that seem to get it would be a great idea! The ones that have mastered it might be able to pull some ideas from the ones that need help.
     
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    What's even better... I "interviewed" a few of them on our "class talk show" this morning about their afternoons and mornings. I asked them silly, yet thought-provoking questions like:

    -What is the color of your toothbrush?
    -Do any of your parents wake you up in an interesting manner?
    -Your dog pounced on your HEAD? What kind of dog do you have?
    -Which brand of toothpaste do you use?
    -So you had Eggo pancakes this morning?
    -He was flinging rubber bands on THE BUS? It hit you? How did it feel?!? It STRUCK you? It STUNG you?

    LOL... I am overly dramatic. :woot:

    Eventually, they find the most interesting first fact of their mornings to write the best lead from it. We're continuing this lesson for half of Monday's writing class... probably. :)
     
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    The multiple choice is FUN, to say the least, and gets some of the more reluctant kids excited about writing! :)

    Now... I must ask something... why are you now Miss Froggy? I didn't realize it was "you" until looking back at something I had in my mailbox. :lol: (We all revolutionize ourselves from time to time, I guess.)
     

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