Happy Friday!! I’m here to share a new file this evening. Well, it’s actually a spinoff of an old file from last year.
So. Our school reads a book of month and, this month, the book is Enemy Pie. The whole school reads the book and completes a writing piece in relation to the book–it’s a lot of fun!
As for Enemy Pie, the students just LOVE it! Even though most of my 5th graders remember it from last year, they were anxious to hear the story again, which I loved 🙂
Last year, I shared some different writing options for Enemy Pie (please click here to see the old files). I decided to tweak them a bit, to share here on the blog. There’s a basic planning sheet for a Recipe for a Great Friendship…
Along with some lined papers for the writing piece itself (there are two different lined papers…the second page has some larger space between the lines)…
(I bought that clipart specifically for my 5th graders…they love that kind of cartoony, quirky stuff this year!)
I thought this might be a file some could use…either with Enemy Pie or for different units you might cover. If you would like to grab this free file, please click on the image below (it’s in my TpT store):
For my class, I decided to do something a bit different from last year’s recipe idea.
In Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, our focus has been on memoirs. By the end of our study, our students will have written a memoir of their own and all of the mini-lessons in our workshops are tied into this genre right now.
So I thought I would use Enemy Pie as a springboard for a little memoir writing piece…to keep everything consistent.
The memoirs our students are working on are all focused on a moment in time, not an entire day or series of events. And it can be very challenging for our students to narrow down a moment…it takes a lot of work to get there!
Luckily, our fabulous reading specialist shared some great resources to help in doing so! They are from the book Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6, by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli. One I love in particular is the “inverted triangle” (the one I made for my class looks like this):
This graphic organizer helps the students reflect on the main idea/theme of the book, make a text-to-self connection, then narrow that connection down to a specific memory/moment.
After reading and discussing Enemy Pie, our inverted triangles took form, from broad themes to a focused writing topic…
friends we have or remember
a time/event with this friend
a specific moment with this friend
(Ok, I realize this doesn’t look like a triangle and I WISH SO MUCH I could show what my students’ work came out like, but we’re not allowed to blog their work).
Anyhow, once we narrowed down to those moments, the writing pieces were easy to get going! We’ve been revising them and I can’t wait to see the final results.
What are some of your favorite kinds of graphic organizers to use in writing?? 🙂
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