Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Non-Fiction Writing!

Our next unit in writing is non-fiction writing!  I know the class is going to be SOOOO excited to move on to something new. (me too)

I follow The Units of Study writing curriculum by-Lucy Calkins.  I love it!  If you don't know about this...you should!  It's amazing!
 
 
 
Here's the website if you want to learn more!
 
 
The kit includes a CD with printable paper and graphic organizers, but I made a few of my own things to help out during my lessons.
 
In the non-fiction unit, we will start with how-to books.  I begin by making a list of some non-fiction topics we could write about. I plan to have the class add this list to our writer's notebooks for them come up with their own ideas and refer back to.
 
 

I will make an anchor chart as we go to list all the information about how-to books, but I also made this mini notes page to add to their writer's notebooks. 

 
 
We use this paper to plan and write our how-to steps:

 


When we get to the point where we will publish a how-to book, we have a checklist to make sure we have everything we need.

 

I added all of these pages to a flipchart so I can model the process.

 
 

Here is the grading rubric for their how-to book!
 
 
 
 
 
Next up...All-About Books!
 
This will be an anchor chart, but I also add the notes to their writer's notebooks.
 
 


For the all-about books, they will be adding several different kinds writing pages.  They can add a how-to, different kinds of something, listing, all-about page, parts of a thing,and table of contents!  It's so much fun!  I love to see what they come up with.
These are a few of the pages I will have out at the writing table for them to use in their all-about books.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When we are ready to publish, we have a checklist to help us get ready.
 
 
 
 
 
I also added all of these pages to a flipchart.
 
 





Here's the rubric for All-About Books!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope that some of this is helpful to you!
 

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  1. You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for these resources!!!!!

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