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6+1 Traits Writing: Ideas
Transcript of 6+1 Traits Writing: Ideas
How will I provide details that are coherent and connected? Show, Don't Tell Activity: Materials:
Telling sentence strips
Place students in pairs and provide them with an interesting picture or telling statement such as " The roller coaster was scary". Have students brainstorm and write down a more focused, interesting, detailed description, that shows the picture, rather than tells.
The golden string of beads glistened on the thick branches. Hundred of ornaments sparkled like stars in the sky. The thick green branches smelled like a fresh pine forest. It was so stunning, that I was speechless! The tree was beautiful. We decorated it with ornaments. My mom helped me. Then we put presents underneath of it. There was a gift for my sister too. The tree looked so beautiful, I almost fainted. The Christmas tree was beautiful. There were mountains of smelly, wrinkled clothes everywhere. Mounds of books and papers covered the desk and table. There was an entire city of mice living under the bed. The room smelled as if a cat crawled in and died. I even lost my baby brother in this disgusting pig sty! The room was messy. The creaking doors were draped with sticky spider webs. Creepy bats fluttered around the roof top. Ghouls and ghosts shrieked until blood came out of my ears. The house was so terrifying, it almost made me jump out of my skin. Would you dare to step into the house of doom? The haunted house was scary. The hot and steamy mozzarella cheese stretched like a rubber band. Mouth-watering tomato sauce oozed from the sides. The crunchy crust tasted heavenly. As I bit into the appetizing pizza, it felt like my taste buds were doing the chicken dance. The pizza was delicious. Take a snapshot with your mind and only write about what the sentence is telling you.
Use your 5 senses to describe the sentence.
Remember to use strong verbs and adjectives.
Always be creative!! When you write a Show, Don’t Tell Paragraph remember to…. Activity: Pick the Postcard Materials:
Set of similar postcards (beach, dogs, buildings, etc)
Give each student a postcard. Tell students to write a descriptive paragraph about the image. Collect all postcards. Have students read aloud their paragraphs and see if classmates can guess which card it matches. Discuss writer techniques and ways of making the details more specific. Mentor Texts Tuesday by David Wiesner The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney Flotsam by David Wiesner I Spy Books Activity: Materials:
I Spy Books
Students use a magnifying glass and zone in on a small section of the assigned I Spy page. Then, they describe that section in detail. How can I narrow my topic to include more specific information?
How can I use who, what, where, when, why questions to narrow my focus? Activity: Zooming in on the big Picture Materials:
Maps (World, community, theme park)
Students are given a map of Disney world and are asked to choose a specific area or section. Then, students choose a specific ride in that section of the park. After narrowing their topic to one specific ride, students write about it in a descriptive paragraph. This may also be done with other types of maps or even menus from restaurants. Mentor Texts Knuffle Bunny
by Mo Willems Roller Coaster
by Marla Frazee How can I use my five senses to elaborate on a topic?
How can I use more precise language to paint a picture in the readers mind? Materials:
Book entitled "Beacuse of Winn-Dixie
Senses Graphic Organizer
Begin the lesson by telling the class “I have the best story. I can’t wait to share this story because it is so good… I went to the store to pick up stuff. I came home with a dog.” Then, explain to the class that good writers use details to elaborate on ideas. The teacher hands out senses graphic organizer and tells students they will be listening for details that use the senses. Then, as a whole group, read the first chapter of Because of Winn-Dixie and have students capture the details. Share-out responses. Pass out computers and direct students to wallwisher.com. Show a piece of writing from a shared experience: The First Day of Class. Have the class post elaborating details on wallwisher.com. Activity: Elaboration Mini lesson Ask Me a Question Activity: Materials:
Piece of student writing
Have students share a writing piece with a small group of students. Each member of the audience writes three questions after the story has been read and hands them to the author. This allows the author be aware of details that may be added. What should my topic be about?
How can I chose an appropriate topic that interests me? Mentor Texts Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox Activity: Classroom Pinterest Board Materials:
Magazine pictures, photographs, posters, etc.
Create a classroom Pinterest Board of ideas by encouraging students to bring in interesting pictures or photographs. Post the pictures on the bulletin board. The teacher may start the bulletin board by "pinning" some of his/her own pictures. Students may add onto this Pinterest board throughout the year. When students are asked to write, they may refer to the board for ideas. This may also be done electronically through www.pinterest.com. References
Culham, R. (2003). 6 + 1 traits of writing: the complete guide. New York, NY: Scholastic Professional Books.
Olson, C.B. (2011). The reading/writing connection: Strategies for teaching and learning in the secondary classroom. (3rd ed). Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.
Richard Jacobson, J. (2005). Six traits writing using literature as a model. Book Links, 14(5), 44-47.