It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and the Leprechauns will be spreading their luck!
1 - Explanation Guide
1 - Suggested Use in the Classroom Guide
2 - Warm-up worksheet
2 - “Brainstorm in Color” worksheet
2 - Primary grade level digital paper
2 - Intermediate grade level digital paper
You can spin this writing lesson in two ways (or be creative, however you choose!):
MAKING PERSONAL CONNECTIONS
Topic: How are you a Lucky Leprechaun?
With this topic, you encourage students to think about how they are lucky people. On their “I’m a Lucky Leprechaun” (warm-up) worksheet, have them brainstorm ways they are lucky people, such as, having shelter, clothes, food, and so forth. Have them decorate their lephrechaun with their face or you can take their photo and have them glue it.
Topic: Describe a Lucky Leprechaun.
This topic is more flexible. Students can get really creative by pretending that they have spent a day with a leprechaun or have seen a leprechaun. On their “Lucky Leprechaun” (warm-up) worksheet, they can brainstorm and jot down ideas of what this leprechaun looks like, his/her personality, what he/she looks like and so forth. Students are encouraged to decorate the leprechaun with lots of details to match their version of their imaginary leprechaun.
After the Warm-Up, you can have them transition to the “Brainstorm in Color” worksheet. Based on their warm-up worksheet, students are to formulate sentences with some of the words and phrases. Inside the pot of gold, students can write their topic sentence. The rainbow will be their body sentences. On each of the rainbow curve, have students use a different color for each sentence. This allows them to visually see their sentences. Inside the cloud is their conclusion sentence.
You can use this stage for a writer’s workshop and have students work in pairs/groups to check each other’s sentences. You can also skip the writer’s workshop at this stage and have them work on their paragraph development.
Once the paragraph is done, another writer’s workshop session can be done for editing or it can be edited by the teacher.
Happy Writing! :)
Why the 3-Step Writing Model?
Writing a paragraph or essay can be intimidating for some students. Breaking the writing process into 3 easy steps makes writing much easier.
Step 1: Warm up - Write words and phrases to answer the question or to describe the topic.
Step 2: Sentence - Forumlate the words and phrases in the Warm-up (Step 1) into sentences. Students do not have to use all the words and phrases from Warm-up.
Step 3: Paragraph - Take all the sentences from Step 2, “Brainstorm worksheet”, and format it into a paragraph.
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.B: Provide reasons that support the opinion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.D: Provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.B: Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.D: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B: Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.D: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.