How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose

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  • Aug 16 2010 9:40 PM

    Gail Zeigler

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  • May 31 2009 8:14 AM

    Good Year End Wrap up // Deborah Pulskamp

    This lesson is a good wrap up activity for the school year. I used it to support writing standard 1.2 (five paragraph essay). The paper graphic organizer was easy for even reluctant writers. This was the second time we used the online organizer, essay map, and I again had trouble with students not wanting to write more than one sentence. The rest of the lesson went well. This is more of a unit than a lesson. If you include the peer editing portion, plan on more than a week to complete all the pieces.

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In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students write how-to essays for a specific audience--future fourth graders. Students first learn about the how-to writing genre by reading an assortment of instruction manuals to explore how how-to writing relates to their everyday lives. The teacher then models each step of the writing process as the students write about how to be successful fourth graders. After students publish their writing, the final drafts are saved for the following year's fourth graders to read at the beginning of the next school year. Less

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    Grade: 3 to 5

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Writing Strategies

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