Enhance your expository writing with this engaging STAAR aligned lesson about "THE PERSISTENT PENGUIN"!
Students will explore images and text through read alouds and images shared by Creative Crites courtesy of Google Images.
Follow this format:
1. Engage - Share interesting facts about penguins.
Example: Did you know that adult penguins consume their food, store it in their stomachs, and later regurgitate the food back into their babies' mouths? Did you know that penguins and polar bears would never see each other in the wild because they live on opposite hemispheres? Today writers we are going to learn about penguins, their homes in the wild and how they survive harsh, frigid climates.
2. Explore - Show students different pictures of penguins included within the presentation. Pull out examples of books from your campus or classroom library and highlight the difference between narrative and expository. Read the expository text chosen aloud highlighting descriptive segments related to the penguin's appearance and habitat. (Leave books in a visible place in the classroom for future student exploration.)
3. Model - Follow the lesson and activities provided in the PDF by generating details related to the main ideas of appearance and habitat. Model first before releasing the students to begin writing independently. Sentence starters are included to assist writers. I would suggest copying the sentence starters for your students and leaving them at their desks. Leave your model visible as students begin to work independently.
4. Independent Practice - Students will begin working independently as you conference with writers individually or in small group. They will generate a small paragraph for each main idea with a connected illustration. Students should confer with their peer and/or teacher as often as needed to support the writer.
5. Share - Allow students to share out their main idea blurbs with their classmates. Post illustrations/blurbs in a visible space to showcase writing models.
6. Assessment - A STAAR-aligned expository rubric is included along with a 26-line expository writing template if you choose to have your students generate a completed piece.
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