Thursday, January 24, 2013
My Little Guy's Birthday and A Great Writing Idea
While we were in his room I learned a great writing idea from his first grade teacher. At the beginning of the year she gave each student a circle map to write about themselves and the things that they liked. Luke's circle graph had: dolphins, nachos, Chinese food, and action figures. On the student's birthday, she has all of the students write them a letter picking one of these items as their topic to focus on. Many letters said things about dolphins and nachos, but it was a great way to teach the kiddos to stay on topic.
Here are a few of the letters:
I think I will be stealing this idea for next year, although with my 3rd graders I might have them write a paragraph for each item.
Do you have any ideas for teaching the idea of staying on topic while writing?