This week's topic is our favorite mini lesson that we teach during Writing Workshop. It is extremely difficult to pick just one mini-lesson, so I am going to cheat a little and talk about a resource that I use many times throughout the year in my mini-lessons. It is our "Noticing Chart."
Now, whenever, I introduce a new writing topic-personal narratives, persuasion, historical fiction, nonfiction, odes, etc. I always give the students time to notice. I start by reading one or two mentor texts and jot down as a class what we notice. I then give the students time to read other examples on their own or with a partner. They jot down what they notice on their own charts. We then come together and create a class noticing chart.
|Group noticing chart from our Historical Fiction Unit|
When I give the students time to notice they have a clearer picture of what they should be writing. Their pieces are better and stronger.
Do you give your students time to "notice" before they write? What's your favorite Writing Workshop mini-lesson?
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