In this post, I want to share how I teach writing in 5th grade (very applicable to 3rd and 4th grade as well).
I spend approximately 9 weeks on each main genre of writing (narrative, persuasive, and informational/expository).
I also do a lot of conferences during this time, but mostly lean-in conferences because I want the students writing and trying out the new strategies.
The mini-lessons during this time frame are very specific to the students’ writing.
For example, we would read mentor texts to look for good beginnings, then we create a chart of good beginnings, then we choose a writing topic from our lists (read more about that here), and practice writing good beginnings.
I may have the students write 2-3 beginnings, then chose their favorite.
Write a story about a kid who goes trick-or-treating. If we had a Halloween party in class, what would you want to see?
Do you have any favorite Halloween writing prompts?
Fast forward a few years and a grade level change, and I finally feel like I have a handle on teaching writing.
I am super purposeful and everything I do now has a reason behind it.