Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write.
Students will use boxes and bullets to plan their 5 paragraph essays. As teachers, we want to push students to increase their volume of writing. The flash draft can be used for a baseline and pre-assessment of writing skills. We want students to generate, plan and produce 5 paragraphs all in one day.
I let students who did not finish take theirs home to finish. It is important for students to keep up and move on to the next essay on day two. My purpose for having students write three flash drafts in one week was to build their understanding and facility of the process and build their stamina.
There is also the classroom environment dimension of everyone staying focused for longer, and longer periods of time- up to minutes of focused writing.
Over the coming weeks I will be teaching my students to stay focused the best they can even when several teachers are quietly conferring with students one-to-one. To review the expository writing process, I asked students to select a place in their home they knew a lot about so their energy was be focused on the hard work of determining their claim statement, main ideas and supporting details, reasons, or examples.
It is important for me to be aware of the levels of complexity in writing tasks. For all students to be successful, I will need to provide scaffold support- ranging from students who need help with generating ideas to write about to those who will benefit from one-to-one conferencing as they develop their plan using boxes and bullets.
The classroom community can be very helpful in creating a sense of joy, freedom, and confidence during writing times. I will continue to foster a positive classroom climate by reviewing our norms and classroom rules. I will build on student strengths by acknowledging them through student shares at the end of the lesson.
I use my own writing topics and storytelling about when I was young to energize the classroom and to directly model my thinking, planning and writing of the draft.
A tip I can offer is to be flexible with your resistant writers.
More on this in the next lesson. I will explain four examples of how I supported resistant writers and include their essays for you to read.
To prepare for this unit, I wrote my own mentor texts to use in my demonstrations for each of the different kinds of essays I asked the students to write.
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