Writing mini lesson #24 was DARE to revise- Delete. This post is about DARE to Revise ADD! ADD more details and ADD transition words!
I use this anchor chart to go over the meaning of transition words and samples.
The mentor text I use with this skill is Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachian.
In the morning, the sun pushes through the curtains into my eyes.
When I open my eyes again, I can see Grandpa nodding at me.
After breakfast, I follow Grandpa’s path through the dining room in the living room.
Later, Nana brings out her clay to sculpt…
While she works, Grandpa takes out a piece of wood.
As we walk back to the house, Grandpa stops suddenly.
Before Grandpa leaves, he pulls the light chain above my bed to turn out the light.
For upper grades, it may be important for your standards to go over phrases and clauses.
A phrase is a group of words that may have nouns or verbs, but it does not have a subject.
- leaving behind the cat
- smashing into a wall
- before the next movie
- after the war
A clause is a group of words in a sentence that has a subject and predicate. Some clauses may stand alone as their own sentence!
- since she runs to music
- when the saints go marching in
- because he made the last shot
- I dislike bullies
Then it is important to go through the class story and add details as well as transition words.
Once students get a handle on how to add details and transition words, they should go back to their own story and revise with ADD.
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