Writing Mini-Lesson Topic: Writing descriptions Grade Level: 1st Written by: Bale, Bengston, Fisk, Wolfe Standards and Performance Indicators Addressed: Standard One: 1.108 Use written language more than drawings to communicate to a reader. Objectives: Students will write a description of a pumpkin Type of Lesson Discourse Textual Feature (Trait) Writing Task _____ Procedural _____Expressive ___√_ Development _____ choice ___√_ Process __√__Informative _____ Organization __√__ focus ___√_ Craft _____ Persuasive _____ stand alone prompt _____ Skills _____ Sentence Formation _____ text-based prompt ______ Word Choice/Style ______ Conventions Materials Needed: Pumpkin Carving knife Newspaper Scale String for measuring 2 Charts labeled: too long, too short, just right another labeled describing words Writing paper/journals/paper shaped like pumpkin Informative book s about pumpkins (Growing Pumpkins, Melvin Berger) Pumpkin seeds Orange yarn Segment One: Mini-Lesson (Explicit Writing Instruction) 1. Gather students and read aloud pumpkin book. 2. Have students look at, touch, feel, smell, listen to when knocking on pumpkin. 3. Record the words students use to describe the pumpkin. 4. Have each student pick pumpkin up to feel the weight. 5. Ask students to estimate weight and circumference of pumpkin. 6. Students cut a piece of string to show their estimate of the pumpkin’s circumference. 7. Weigh and measure pumpkin. 8. Hang string measurements on the chart. 9. Discuss findings Day Two: 1. Read another pumpkin book (A Day at the Pumpkin Farm) 2. Review word list and add to list. 3. Say, “Yesterday we used our senses to observe a pumpkin, now we will write a description of our pumpkin.” 4. Have students write a description using this model: Our pumpkin looks like _________. (describe the outside) Our pumpkin feels ____________. (describe how it feels) Our pumpkin feels as heavy as (a) ____________. (describe) Our pumpkin is as big around as (a) _________. (describe) Our pumpkin sounds like (a) _____________. (describe) Segment Two: Students write, teacher conferrers with students. Segment Three: Have students share their work. Days Three & Four: Segment One: Mini -lesson 1. Review pumpkin descriptions. 2. Have students predict what will be inside pumpkin (what color) 3. Cut pumpkin and have the children each scoop out insides and place on newspaper. 4. Have students brainstorm describing words for the pumpkin’s insides. 5. List words on chart. Segment Two: Students write, teacher conferrers with students. 1. Have students write a description of the inside of pumpkin. 2. Have students glue a pumpkin seed and yarn to their descriptions symbolizing the pumpkin’s insides. Segment Three: Have students share their work. Our pumpkin looks like . Our pumpkin feels . Our pumpkin feels as heavy as . Our pumpkin is as big around as . Our pumpkin sounds like .
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