New! 4th Grade Persuasive Writing
4th - 6th
It's an age-old question: when should the school day start? Fourth graders will write a one-page persuasive paper addressing the topic. They use a writing web to organize their thoughts in a logical sequence before writing a cohesive paper.
Pathwise Instruction Plan-Sequencing Events
First graders write an expository paragraph. In this paragraph writing literacy lesson, 1st graders activate prior knowledge about the components of a paragraph, then listen to the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington. Students sequence three sentences from the story using the SMARTBoard. Students write a three sentence paragraph summarizing the book.
Focus: Writing a Brief Research Paper
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the lesson.
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Identifying Logical Fallacies
Students discuss and identify "logical fallacies and basic vocabulary to define the common falacies. They work in groups and write one refutation paper in which they counter argue one professional writer's claims.
Writing Personal Narratives
Encourage your pupils to write about personal experiences with regard to participating in activities that don't involve media. Start off by reading several of the included poems and modeling how to write about a memory. Class members can then compose freestyle drafts about various memories, weekend activities, and their reflections on the "Take the Challenge" media reduction program. Pick and choose what interests you. More scaffolding could be added to aid learners with writing.
Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram, Outline, Publish
Research paper writing challenges learners' ability to research, plan, organize, write, and revise. Detailed, step-by-step directions, color-coded models, and a series of templates guide class members through the entire process.
Writing To Determine, "What is a Pulgar?"
Students write a descriptive paper. They observe and describe a Mr. Potato Head, write their responses on a Think Sheet, and use their notes to write a descriptive paragraph describing one of the attributes of the Mr. Potato Head.
Writing with Technology
Third graders use voice recognition software for writing. For this writing lesson, 3rd graders complete a graphic organizer to put their ideas together. Students dictate their stories and they are written on the computer. Students edit their work.
Inspiration: Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram>Outline>Publish
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product.
Descriptive Writing-The Hobbit
Young readers write a descriptive paper on the fantasy characters in The Hobbit. They take notes as they read the novel in order to provide descriptions of the character traits of hobbits, dwarfs, trolls, wizards, and goblins. They pay specific attention to the habitats (setting) each character dwells in.