Lesson Title: "All About Me" Paragraph - Grade 5 Writing
Topic/Focus Area: Using Advance Organizers:
"6-Traits Writing Worksheets" & "The 10-Point Writing Checklist"
This is an introductory lesson for students in the beginning of the school year, based on a collection of ideas from "The 6-Traits in Writing" (rubrics adapted to be kid-friendly), and also the "10-Point Writing Checklist." This collection of organizers is a review of paragraph writing. The process involves an initial pre-writing (rough draft), peer-to-peer editing, and revision (final draft typed on computers).
Student Learning Objectives
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits List"
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Organization Activity "
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Rubric #1"
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Rubric #2"
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Sentence Fluency"
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Voice"
6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Word Choice"
Writing / Editing: "10-Point Checklist"
Students will have a prior assessment by creating their unedited writing (first drafts). They will be assessed by how well they edit with peers, follow suggestions on their writing checklists, and change vocabulary with a thesaurus. They will be evaluated on their ability to use computer skills to type their assignment (final drafts).Additional Comments
While this assignment is for the base of introductory writing skills, I feel it is important to support students with a solid background for writing and editing skills. Learning typing / word processing skills takes much time -- and visual demonstrations first via TV or projector are recommended. Later, of course, with more practice, there will be the opportunity for lengthier writing by learners, but keeping it simple at first is important. The introduction of an Advance Organizer (the Checklist) will set goals up front.