February 9, 2012
So, we just wrapped our our Report of Information unit last week and the kids were SO EXCITED about their final reports! They have been reading each others’ a ton this week. I love it!
A bit of a side note: I just love this time of year in ELL…the kids who have been in school since the beginning of the year are speaking English so well now and it just spills over into all other areas–especially in their writing!
Ok, back to the memoirs. We are completing some front-loading lessons and just starting to explore this genre in both Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. In Writer’s Workshop, we’ve been making lists of possible topics for our memoirs, looking at mentor texts, and doing some background-building and writing activities.
Today’s focus was on a special memory…which we’ve already shared a ton about verbally, in whole-class discussions. I made a graphic organizer-type paper to go along with this lesson…with a little box to sketch a memory before writing. It worked so well for my students! They drew such detailed sketches, focusing on that moment in time that was special to them! Then they completed the writing portion.
I wanted to share the document on here because it is pretty open-ended and I thought it could be used in different kinds of writing lessons or maybe a journal response. There are two pages, as shown below…
Do you work on memoirs or personal narratives in your class? Thanks so much for stopping by!