We've been working on writing non-fiction stories about animals. The CCSS require first grade students to write non-fiction stories with a topic sentence, 2-3 details, and a conclusion. Can I just say: I am pretty sure I didn't have to do anything like that until at least 7th grade!!!
I'm not a big fan of our writing curriculum, but we were able to break away from it for 3 weeks. We asked the kids to write animal stories, and it was so much fun! First, we read some non-fiction animal books. Then I did some modeling. For guided practice we created an anchor chart together.
|Click to download this non-fiction writing anchor chart.|
__________ are animals.
__________ are amazing!
All the kids chose an animal. I gave them colored paper, and they folded it in half. They wrote their topic sentence on one half and their conclusions on the other half. I told them they needed to end their writing with a POW! So now they think the words conclusion, exclamation point, and POW are synonymous-- oh well. The next day I gave them a different color paper, and we folded it into fourths. They wrote a fact in each section. They got to do research from my ridiculously large selection of animal books. When they put their sentences in order, the different colors made it look kind of like a sandwich. I started using my desk status tents around this time, which really helped maintain order. They were pretty proud of the finished products.
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