For this writers workshop, my 7th graders are learning to incorporate supporting information from the text into their writing. This resource is a step-by-step lesson, including a homework component and a peer revision tool. Here I use "Finding Nemo" to activate, and the story we work with in class "Rikki Tikki Tavi," but you could doctor it to fit your own short stories.
There is also the review of the Minilesson of the Week - Never use personal pronouns in writing.
Day 1: I utilize pages 1 to 3, and demonstrate on the overhead how I would write an evidence based essay (body paragraphs) to support "What is the most important conflict in "Finding Nemo"?
Day 1- Homework: The students bring home page 4 to explore what they believe are the main conflicts in the short story they will be working with.
Days 2 and 3: They organize on the graphic organizers, pages 5 to 8. While they write, I meet with individual students.
Day 4: They use the peer revision tool, pages 8 and 9, to check one another's work.
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