English Language Arts Grade 1
Writing Standard 5
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Collaborative Stories 2: Revising
Using a story which has been written collaboratively, students engage in a whole-group revising process by having each student add a sentence at a time. The teacher leads this shared-revising activity to help students consider story content. Students begin by reading their collaborative story and then discuss ways of making changes. Then, after revisions have been made, they reread the story as a group. Finally, students come to a consensus on a title for their story.
Family Message Journals: Many Purposes for Writing
This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, describes the use of Family Message Journals. Family Message Journals are tools for learning, thinking, and self-expression. By writing several messages with varied purposes, students begin to experience that journal writing can serve many purposes-it can help them remember; make sense of new information and ideas; and recognize, develop, and share personal thoughts and reactions.
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students learn the criteria for a sentence by manipulating word cards, then collaborate to write and illustrate complete, descriptive sentences. Finally, students work in groups using descriptive words and phrases to try to create the longest sentence they can.
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