Writing Mini Lessons

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  1. Lionteacher

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    What are some topics you cover in your writing mini lessons assuming you do them. I am in the process of setting mine up and would love some more ideas.

    I am going to be covering editing and revising but would love activities you do with students to help them understand this.
     
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  3. MrsHoot

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    Could have written this post!! =) I was trying to get some help in this area as well. Here are the first 20 days that I came up with (using internet resources as well as my own brain =)

    1 Writing Sample • Read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague.
    • Have students create a writing piece about their summer vacation. Cannot include any true statements about their vacation.
    2 Building Community and Writing Procedures • Talk about what Writer’s Workshop is.
    • Discuss the purpose of Writer’s Workshop and make a list on chart paper for students to revisit.
    • Discuss what Writer’s Workshop should look like, sound like, and feel like. Model to the students, use students to demonstrate, as well as make a list of desired behaviors.
    • Discuss where students can sit during this time.
    3 Writing Topics • Discuss with students how it is easy to get stuck on what to write about.
    • Create a class list of different topics that students could write about.
    • Discuss the importance of writing something, instead of sitting and doing nothing.
    • Laminate the poster and create worksheet lists for students to keep in their writer’s notebook.
    • Review PROCEDURES.
    4 Different Forms of Writing • Review yesterday lesson.
    • Discuss and create a class list about different types of writing that students can do.
    • Share several different examples
    • Review PROCEDURES.
    5 How to Use Writer’s Notebook • Share the Writer’s Notebook with students.
    • Share a sample WN that I created with pieces of work in the different sections.
    • Explain each pockets/resources with students and tell them we will go over each process in depth as we do more writing.
    • Explain the steps that students go through
    • Introduce PREWRITING graphic organizers.
    • Invite students to decorate their Writer’s Notebook to encourage ownership.
    • Review PROCEDURES.
    6 Available Supplies • Show students what supplies are available for them to use and where they are located.
    • Review use of Writer’s Notebook.
    • Review rules and discuss how everything is going so far.
    7 Procedures • Talk about what I will be doing.
    • Review poster- What WW should look, sound, and feel like.
    • Discuss what to do when the teacher is conferencing with someone else. (Two helpers, post-it note)
    • Discuss the clothespin chart according to what step students are working on.
    • Discuss what to do when pencils break, develop a silent sign for the bathroom.
    8 What to do when… words • Ask students if they always know the correct spelling of a word.
    • Discuss options (circling and coming back later, checking the dictionary, writing the teacher a note)
    • Show students thesauruses /dictionaries /encyclopedias.
    • Discuss the use of each resource
    • Explain that rough drafts are exactly that, and do not have to be perfect.
    9 Prewriting • Introduce different organizers that students can use to pre-write.
    • Practice brainstorming about different topics
    • Show how pre-writing guides writing
    10,11 Revision
    (2 days) • Go over procedures for revising.
    • Talk about what color to edit in, what to revise.
    • Go over revision checklist in notebook
    • Revise writing as a class.
    • Practice revising a piece of writing.
    12,13 Editing
    (2 days) • Go over procedures for editing.
    • Discuss what color to edit in, what to edit.
    • Go over editing page in notebook.
    • Edit writing as a class.
    • Practice editing a piece of writing.
    14 Peer-Editing • Discuss how to select a peer for editing.
    • Talk about what peer is looking for.
    • Talk about constructive criticism.
    • Practice peer-editing process as a class.
    15 Author’s Chair • Talk about what and when to share
    • Discuss TAG –Tell one thing you liked, ask one question and give one suggestion.
    • Talk about the benefits of sharing writing with the class
    16 Writing Structure • Review with students the writing structure of most pieces: beginning, middle and end.
    • Review paragraphs- introduction, body, closing
    • Talk about writing complete sentences and when to start a new paragraph
    17,18 Illustration Study • Begin to look at different types of illustration that students can use if they choose.
    • Discuss different options and why authors choose to use certain types of illustration.
    • Talk about how to pre-plan illustrations before starting own.
    19,20 Publishing • Talk about when a piece is ready for publishing.
    • Discuss teacher/student conferences before publishing.
    • Talk about the different options students have for publishing their stories.
    • Practice reviewing writing to see if it is ready to be published.

    Sorry that's super long, but that's what I have typed up so far!
     
  4. MrsHoot

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    Sorry that I didn't come out as organized as I would have liked. Let me know and I can email it to you if you would like a normal word copy.
     
  5. Lionteacher

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    I PMed you with my email.
     
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    Help!!

    Hoot- I sent you an e-mail as well. Thanks so much! This is great stuff!:thanks:
     
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    Here's a lovely script about a first writing lesson using play-do. It helps to understand the need for revision, etc.

    Ku alum wrote the entire script down last year on 7-18-08. Maybe someone else can figure out how to make a link to that post. I'm too tired to mess with it right now.

    Sorry the link to the original site isn't working anymore.
     
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