All great writing begins with the construction of a great sentence. Therefore, focusing our attention on how to craft a quality sentence will spiral into discussions on word choice, organization, fluency, and mechanics. We will use highlighting, organization, elaboration, and the use of transitions in each and every writing piece across the content areas. During our Wilson lessons we review transition words and phrases and discuss what they mean and how to use them properly. We work on sequencing pieces that we read for both fiction and nonfiction texts. Reinforcing these skills during our Wilson sessions is critical to transfering and solidifying knowledge in the classroom.
For each anthology selection read in class, your child writes a short-answer structured essay.
After completeing a graphic organizer and engaging in a class discussion on the given essay's main points, your child is given time to then write their essay and share/edit it with a peer.
At-Home Writing Tips:
1. Shop with your child for a journal and have them write in it daily. Topics can be generated together, or just ask me for ideas!
2. Have your child write a letter to a friend or family member.
3.. Play a game where you say or write the beginning of a story, and the other person adds to it...Keep alternating to create an organized, yet whimsical story.
4. Have your child help a younger brother or sister with their writing.
5. Play the sentence-stretching pyramid game. Draw a triangle and add four or five lines across it. In the smallest box (the tip) write a two word sentence: She eats. In the remaining boxes, keep adding details, until the longest box (the base) will have the best sentence yet! Example: The young girl sits patiently on the concrete steps chomping on her chewy Cheetos while waiting for the school bus to arrive. You could even create a way to earn points by counting how many words were used in your sentences.