Hello all! I am starting a series of writing lessons in what I found to be the most effective scaffolding order. This first one is about brainstorming for the year. It will give students ideas throughout the year whenever they are in a rut and can’t think of what to write about!
As a whole group, discss the following quesions:
What do writers do?
Why are writing notebooks important? (to write thoughts, stories, responses, etc.)
Here are some things you may add to your idea’s section of your notebook. This will set the stage for the year and give them a place to go to find things to write about. I would suggest to either do an Interest Inventory or the following:
Heart: Have students cut out the heart and fill it with words that tell what they love. Use the poster to help them think of ideas.
Question Mark: Have students cut out the question mark and have them fill it with things that want to know.
House: List family members. Don’t limit it to members who live with them! Around the house, list things that their family does together…weekends, summer, mornings, evenings…etc.
I: This is a page where they can tell more about themselves. “I am”
Trace hand: Use the hand or have students trace their hand. List a feeling on each finger and one on palm. Write examples of when they felt that way. Use the Feelings Poster.
Treasure Map: Draw a picture of their yard or favorite place. Mark an x by a place where they have a favorite memory.
As a little bonus, I’m attaching a link for tracking student progress through the mini lessons! Have students take the responsibility and track their own progress! I found it as an effective approach for tracking!