Today I was teaching a writing lesson, when I realized that I had already lost my class within the first five minutes. We back-tracked and reviewed the main parts of a story, when the idea of dumping these story pieces and parts together, stirring them around, and creating something “delicious” for the reader hit me!
We brainstormed and developed a quick spur-of-the-moment picture on the whiteboard.
My students LOVE developing their ideas into mini-anchor charts to put into their interactive notebooks, so that is where this lesson went. While they worked on their own mini-versions, I worked on my good version to keep hanging in the class for the next several days. Here is how mine turned out.
Of course, we like to keep some extra room at the top to add more “ingredients” over the next couple of days, but this is what they brainstormed today. They recognized that the mentor text included many details, and their writing did not. They discovered that the mentor text included similes and their own writing did not. Finally, they realized that they were missing some Excitement! So we discussed how the details, similes, and excitement were like seasonings – salt and pepper – to add that extra ZING and PIZZAZZ! They GOT it! (I hope!)