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Lesson Title: "All About Me" Paragraph - Grade 5 Writing
Topic/Focus Area: Using Advance Organizers:
"6-Traits Writing Worksheets" & "The 10-Point Writing Checklist"

Lesson Overview
Content Standards
Objectives
Activities
Resources
File Attachments
Assessment
Additional Comments

Subject(s): Language Arts / Writing
Grade Level(s): 4-6

Name: Jason Bundy
Areas Taught: Multiple Subject
Phone: 530-662-0201
Location: Woodland Joint Unified School District
Woodland, CA 95695



Lesson Overview

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).




Standards


Subject
: English-Language Arts
Grade
: 4-6
Strand
: Writing
Substrand
1.0 : Writing Strategies

Students write clear, coherent, and focused essays. The writing exhibits the students' awareness of the audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students progress through the stages of the writing process as needed.


Concept
: Research and Technology

 
 
Standard:
1.4
Create simple documents by using electronic media and employing organizational features (e.g., passwords, entry and pull-down menus, word searches, the thesaurus, spell checks).

 
 
Standard:
1.5
Use a thesaurus to identify alternative word choices and meanings.

Concept
: Evaluation and Revision

 
 
Standard:
1.6
Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences.


Standards Category
: Technology productivity tools

 
 
Standard:
 
Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

 
 
Standard:
 
Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

Student Learning Objectives


Activities

  1. As the school year begins, we will have teacher-directed review on how we organize writing in paragrah format. This can be a class-directed lesson via note-taking.

    Then students will use notebooks to draw a graphic organizer (web-diagrams), and fill in background information about themselves.

    The students will use their notes to create a paragrah (or multi-paragraph essay) for the homework topic writing "All About Me" . . . the purpose of this at the beginning of the year is to draw upon a student's own prior knowledge, and to share personalized information with others.

    There will be time for pairwork so that students follow the classroom "10-Point Checklist For Writing" to edit one another's work. Also, instruction on the use of a thesaurus will help students in the editing process.

    Finally, we will learn the use of school computers to re-write the paragraphs. For students who type more quickly, they may continue on to "publish" their essay by spending time choosing new fonts and sizing, and adding a clipart picture.

Resources



Hardware/Software Resources (computers, CD-ROMs, TV, VCR, etc.)
Word Processor & Computer, can connect to TV or projector for demonstration before student-use

File Attachments


6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits List"
  — 6TraitsList.pdf





6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Organization Activity "
  — 6TraitsOrganizationActivity.pdf





6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Rubric #1"
  — 6TraitsRubric1.pdf



6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Rubric #2"
  — 6TraitsRubric2.pdf




6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Sentence Fluency"
  — 6TraitsSentenceFluency.pdf




6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Voice"
  — 6TraitsVoice.pdf




6-Traits Writing: "6-Traits Word Choice"
  — 6TraitsWordChoice.pdf




Writing / Editing: "10-Point Checklist"
  — ChecklistForWriting.pdf



Assessment
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.
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