Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Focus in Writer's Workshop

There is a fine art to writing a good paragraph. We are working with students to learn to write a well-developed paragraph with a clear topic sentence, three supporting ideas, and a concluding sentence. This is harder than it might sound! We compare this paragraph structure to following a recipe. When you're learning how to cook, you need to follow the recipe exactly. As you become a more experienced chef, you might adjust the recipe to your liking. As 4th grade writers, we are following the recipe. The more we practice, the better the paragraphs are getting. You name it, and we are writing paragraphs about it.We are writing informational paragraphs about various topics such as the human body, Metro School, colonial times, and candy. We are so proud of the students' progress.