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Focus Trait: ORGANIZATION Support Trait: SENTENCE FLUENCY

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Show What Your Mind Sees

using showing and telling together to organize a paragraph

This lesson was created for WritingFix based on an idea from former NNWP Co-Directors
Kay Henjum and Liesel O'Hagan.

The mentor text:

The Twits contains great showing language. Use it to inspire your students!

This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! This lesson has been recently revised to incorporate the creation of a writer's notebook page as part of the pre-writing process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left. Click on the image at left to see a full-page, printable version of the writer's notebook page inspired by this newly revised lesson. You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.


A great classroom resource!

Four-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

"Show don't tell" is something we often say to student writers, but this writing activity asks writers to make use of both showing and telling as they create a well-organized paragraph of description.  After reviewing showing versus telling by building a writer's notebook page, each writer will show what they've learned by revising a new telling sentence (one with a linking verb and an adjective). Each writer will create a descriptive paragraph that contains four or five showing sentences and one telling sentence.  The showing sentences will contain action verbs and interesting adjectives, and the telling sentence should become the final paragraph's introduction or conclusion.    Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; a purposefully-planned paragraph is the writer's objective.  The support trait in this assignment is sentence fluency; student writers are encouraged to use a variety of sentence lengths and sentence beginnings as they compose their purposeful paragraphs.  


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