We spiraled through Fictional Narratives in 5th grade and moved onto Informational Text.
We made our mantra, Short and Sweet.
5th Grade this year has a standard of a SHORT informational text, so we decided to highlight a few aspects to be our focus and hit them hard so when we come back around to informational text, we can go more in depth with the other aspects.
So we decided to focus on the organization, introduction, and conclusion of an informational text. Simple, right? :)
We started each writing period with the review a few graphic features. Most of these are a review for our students because they are also taught in our old standards (Georgia Performance Standards) throughout the previous grades.
Then used model texts or newspapers to find examples of each text feature to create an anchor chart. I think it look pretty good, don't you? My handwriting needs some improvement though. Sigh.
For each mini lesson, we addressed the focus for the day.
First, we had the students choose their aspect of our topic they wanted to research (Animals!)
Then (the next day) we focused on asking BIG questions.
Then, we researched answers to the questions. For this project, sourcing was limited to title and author (this student forgot the title of this book, oops!).
Then the students worked on turning their BIG questions into topic sentences and adding their facts to create body paragraphs.
Next came working on the introduction and conclusion.
Once that was complete, we turned to revising and editing using our Rainbow Editing chart.
So last week students worked on publishing and creating the expected THREE graphic features from our anchor chart.
My collaborator and I doing writing conferences during the work period. Students can request a conference immediately at the start of the work period, but other then that, we each have a list for the day that we meet with. I usually have a small group of ELL and non-ELL students around me during writing conferences, so my list always a little smaller.
Hope this helped to answer some questions! How are y'all handling writing conferences?
This is the Colorful Editing Bookmark that my locos use during writing editing.
This anchor chart was the inspiration for ours. I found it on - GASP - Pinterest. The original source is from Julie at:
We also used these Non-Fiction Text Feature Posters from Primary Punch. I love them, simple and effective.