This has always been my Go-To Writing lesson to showcase student writing! After all, kids like to talk about themselves! The result: brilliant writing from the heart and more confidence in writing. My students have always been proud to display these during conferences and Open House. Parents go from paper to paper, reading and discussing with other parents! The result: proud parents!
SAMPLE PARAGRAPHS FROM STUDENT WRITING
I am from a sky-blue house with a lawn that has been reseeded more times than I can count and with a towering maple tree right next to our driveway.
I am from the semi-spicy taste of a Tombstone four meat pizza, baked so that the cheese on the edge of the crust is just turning to a light brown while the inner cheese is still almost all white, with sauce that burns the roof of my mouth because I am too hungry to wait for it to cool.
I am from the peace and quiet of a steaming hot shower, the kind where I just stand there half asleep with the hot water running down my back, until my mom bangs on the door signaling me that I need to get out so I don't miss the school bus.
short lesson suggestions
six student samples
graphic organizer chart
scoring guide (WORD)
display during conferences
display for Open House
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Keywords: poetry, free verse, memoir writing, autobiographical writing, ELA, creative writing, imagery, descriptive writing, word choice.