• STARTING NEXT WEEK IN WRITER'S WORKSHOP ........

    pencil Students will be engaged in a unit on informational writing titled: Bringing History to Life. The unit specifically teaches students how to write about history. Students are researching a smaller topic about the California missions.

    They start by choosing one of these smaller topics:

    Topic

    Next, they come up with a plan for four chapters they could possibly write about that topic (to be revised as we research and begin writing). Here is my example:

    Plan

    Then, we discuss ways they already know how to take notes, etc. Here is the list we came up with:

    notes

    I will then do a lesson on what text structure we could use to begin writing.

    text structure

    We will write our introduction together, which is a brief overview of the missions. Students will break into small groups to research one category we wanted to include in this introduction. The groups are Spanish exploration, purpose of the missions, how the missions were built and secularization. The small groups will report out their findings and dictate what we will write. 

    Next, students will research their smaller topic and start to organize their notes into different chapters. I will share a few websites they can use to research on our google classroom site. Here they are as well:

    http://factcards.califa.org/mis/mismenu.html

    http://www.californias-missions.org/history.htm

    http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/researchstarters/missions/

    http://www.pics4learning.com/?view=sub&cat=Missions

    http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/UsaHistory/Missions/Missions.htm

     

    Writing homework will begin next week! Students in my class will have writing homework on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. They will be expected to work for 20 minutes on each of those nights researching/writing the chapters.