Second Grade Nest: Writing Traits: IDEAS

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Writing Traits: IDEAS


Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing


We are spending the month of September on the Writing trait, IDEA. 
During a summer P.D., we were given a 6 Traits book and a rough idea of how to sketch out our year. My second grade classroom started this week and we love thinking of ideas!

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Trait 1:
IDEAS!!
The first focus lesson for ideas is based off a story called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. The story is about a little boy bring significant artifacts from his house to trigger a woman who lost of her memory's thoughts. 

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The assignment that I sent them home to do was get things of importance to them and bring it in to share and write about. 

Here are the students practice their speaking and presenting voices:  

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing
After their presentations that required them to speak about their special items and form sentences about these, I asked them to write about them. It was a free write, just steered in the direction of what ideas do you get from this? can you write a lot about this? is it easy to write about something you care about? is it easier to write about something you have lots of information on? 

THEN...
an author from Kentucky came in and brought her puppies. This is Leigh Anne Florence, she is a Kentucky based author that writes about her two pet dogs, Woody and Chloe. 
Her books are great! We love them in our classroom! Check her out! 
She visited our school today with her dogs [pictured but hard to see in her arms] and she taught a fabulous lesson on writing with ideas. 
It tied in fabulously with our writing lessons for the week. 

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