The kids cannot wait to begin our next unit....Fiction!! I know they are picturing aliens, spaceships, dragons and other creations from their imaginations....but we will be going with the flow and writing REALISTIC FICTION. My lessons will be based upon the Lucy Calkin's units, and we will be reading Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman as a mentor text (along with a few other morsels of reading goodness....such as Polacco's Junkyard Wonders).
We use a writing folder to collect our drafts and revisions as we progress through the unit (rather than a writer's notebook). I just find this easier, especially when I have to lug them home over the weekend. I also find that my kiddos need a little more than just paper...sometimes they need the extra support of a visual worksheet or a graphic organzier to work on a writing strategy. I have put together a collection of writing worksheets and graphic organizers to go along with this unit and I am so excited to start using them during this unit!!
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