This interactive notebook resource was originally intended as a scaffold for English language learners and students with learning disabilities as they grappled with writing essays. However, it has become a useful tool in showing students the different types of thinking they should engage in to be successful thinkers and writers. The Addition Thought Pattern, in particular, has helped my students understand the importance of adding details to usually scarce and vague essays.
I labeled these resources as 'thought patterns' so that students can begin to understand that their writing is informed and shaped by their thinking, first and foremost. So, these resources can be used to prompt a discussion about the different patterns of thought that exist. The questioning techniques can be used as Warm-Ups or Exit Tickets, and the example provided gives them one general idea of how the thought patterns translate into the writing.
When and How to Use: When working on an assignment that requires additional information such as expository, descriptive, or argumentative essays and narratives, students can refer to these two handouts in their interactive notebooks.
The Addition Thought Pattern Sentence Stems are excellent ways to differentiate for all of our special populations. Make sure you do practice using them first by modeling to the class how they might fill them in. These can be glued into an interactive notebook as a whole page or individually with various examples written underneath. They can also be laminated for use in a center or a supplemental aid folder.
The Addition Thought Pattern resource is meant for students to understand that certain words within the different parts of speech (conjunctive adverbs, coordinate conjunctions, and subordinate conjunctions) are meant for a certain task. So, this resource basically categorizes ALL those words they are supposed to remember to be using as transitions so writing isn’t choppy and aimless. Well, okay, this list is not definitive, but you can always add words to the categories. Students can pencil them into the boxes or add sticky notes as they find more and more transitional words that they may use when adding thoughts or ideas. A brief explanation, questioning techniques, and an author example is provided. **Punctuation of author example is the original punctuation.
Other Interactive Notebook Resource Thought Patterns:
Order and Sequence Thought Pattern
Contrast Thought Pattern
Compare Thought Pattern
FREEBIE LESSON THAT CAN BE USED TO PRACTICE THOUGHT PATTERNS:
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