WRITING: Narrowing the Topic
I’m not sure about you but I find that young writers often choose very LARGE topics to write about – like “my trip to Disneyland” or “Animals” or “Hockey”. These giant topics are challenging because there is just TOO MUCH to say and it becomes too challenging to try to organize it all.
Here is a great lesson idea I worked on with grade 1’s and 2’s at my school (Sexsmith) to help them “narrow their focus” in writing. The anchor book I used was “The Best Part of Me” by Wendy Ewald. After sharing the book, the students all chose their best body part. We talked about what this body part looked like, what it did (actions) and how it was helpful to them. They shared their thinking with a partner and then began to write. Inspired by the photographs in the book, I took black and white photos of the children to accompany their writing.
4 responses to “Lesson Ideas – Writing”
I love this book too and I used it before my grade 1’s made a map of themselves.
Thank you for this great idea!!
Can I find any other activities for an “intro” to instructional writing lesson? Gr 2/3 friendly?
The primary teachers at my school love your work so I’m trying to stick to something similar 🙂
If you have a copy of my book Powerful Writing Structures or Nonfiction Writing Power – you will find several lessons to introduce instructional writing (structure and language) to your class. https://www.readingpowergear.com/store/powerful-writing-structures-1