TALK-ALOUD for WRITING IMPLEMENTATION LOG
Name Carrie Caviness Date Sept. 1, 2008_ Grade 1st/2nd grade
Collaboration Planning: X YES ___ NO Demonstration: X YES ___ NO
Standard: #2 Writes in a variety of forms for different Text (title, author, publisher) and Materials:
audiences and purposes. - Making Tortillas by Michelle Freeman (National
Benchmark: Writes for different purposes. - Writing Sample: ‘How to make your bed’ on
- Additional resources with sequence structure:
Text Structure or Nonfiction Convention/Feature: Chocolate, Ice Cream for You, Turn on a faucet (all
Sequence National Geographic)
Introduction (Set Purpose): Make connections to an earlier Talk-aloud for Comprehension involving a specific
text structure or feature. What is the text structure or nonfiction feature, and why it is useful?
“We have been learning all about food and food groups. During our study of foods, I did a talk-aloud about
the sequence structure the author used in writing Making Tortillas. The author used the “how to” sequence to
help me understand the order I needed to follow to make tortillas.”
Modeling: (Talk-alouds for Writing provide an opportunity to model the reading/writing connection so students
can “see” and hear how an experienced and skillful reader relates to and uses what the author has provided.)
Read aloud the passage you have written (please attach your writing to this document). Display your message
(overhead, chart paper, copies for kids) and talk about how you used the attributes of the model passage in
crafting your message.
“I used what I learned from the author’s writing to create my own “how to” sequence writing.” Read/display
the following paragraph/
How to Make Your Bed
Making your bed is very easy. First you put your pillow at the head of your bed. Then, you pull the sheets up.
Flatten the sheets to get all the wrinkles out. Next, pull the comforter over the sheets and straighten it all out so
it is even on every side. Now your bed is made.
“As I wrote this paragraph, I used the sequence structure, just like the author of Making Tortillas. I used the
signal words – first, next then, now – to help you, the readers, understand the order to follow to make a bed.
When we did your sequence talk-alouds, we had a chance to read many books, some which did contain the
sequence text structure and some that did not. We talked about how sequence is putting events in order. We
also noted the signal words that authors often include to make the order easy to follow. Now, you are going to
get to write a paragraph like I did that describes a sequence of events.”
Student Application Activity: Involves students interacting with nonfiction text and doing a Talk-aloud for Writing
of their own on the text structure or nonfiction convention/feature modeled.
As a class, brainstorm ideas of simple activities for which the kids know the sequence of steps (i.e. making a
PB & J sandwich, feeding a pet, getting ready for school, checking out a library book, etc.) Have students
individually craft a “how to” writing that describes the sequence of events in the chosen activity. Share writings
orally in a large or small group.
Reflection on the attributes of the Talk-aloud for Reflections on student response:
Writing and the organization of the lesson:
How to Make Your Bed
Making your bed is very easy. First you
put your pillow at the head of your bed.
Then, you pull the sheets up. Flatten the
sheets to get all the wrinkles out. Next,
pull the comforter over the sheets and
straighten it all out so it is even on every
side. Now your bed is made.