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Welcome to this Lesson:

Moving through a Machine

using a variety of transitions to explain the workings of an imaginary machine

This lesson was created by NNWP Consultant Corbett Harrison. Corbett demonstrates this lesson during his 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson Workshop for Teachers.

The mentor text:

Homer Price's chapter about the automatic doughnut-making machine is certainly the most memorable one from the book. This lesson celebrates that chapter!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After enjoying chapter 3 from McCloskey's classic chapter book, Homer Price, students will work together to expand upon McCloskey's description of how the donut-making machine works. Focusing on a variety of transitions, students will build a class paragraph that shows even more details than the original book. Then...inspired by the class paragraph, individuals or pairs of students will create an original description of food moving through an imaginary machine they dream up. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait is sentence fluency; students will explore a variety of transition word choices, and they will carefully choose ones that fit the step-by-step process they are describing with words. The support trait is organization; sequence and structure will be discussed and pre-planned for as students create their paragraphs.


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