This is day twenty of a four week unit where students will first become familiar with the five Text Structures, then identify each of them in new text, and finally apply each of them in their writing. In this phase of the unit, students have had exposure to the definition of Text Structures and have identified them within new text. Therefore, they are ready to write their own examples, which will be compiled into their very own “Scholastic News – Text Structures Edition” as a final product for the unit. After identifying each, this is the final stage of the scaffolding process: creating.
Connection: I always start by connecting today’s lesson to something kids have previously learned so that it triggers their schema and background knowledge. Since they’ve been working on Text Structures for several weeks, I remind them that they’ve completed and revised a paragraph for each of the five Text Structures for their very own edition of the Scholastic News.
Teaching Point: This is when I tell kids explicitly what we will be working on. I say, “Today, you will get your very own Scholastic News template to begin your final draft.”
Link to Ongoing Work: During this portion of the mini-lesson, I give the students a task that they will focus on during Independent Reading time. I tell them that their job today is to begin writing each Text Structure paragraph in its designated spot in their template. I remind them to use their best handwriting and think about the revisions they made.
Students will be given about two Reader’s Workshop periods to complete their final drafts. If you have kids that you will know need more time, I suggest sending it home with them to complete one or two sections for homework. It is, of course, the teacher’s discretion to decide how many days to spend on final drafts in class, however, I like to wrap up this unit within four weeks.
Transition Time: Every day after the mini-lesson, students get 5 minutes of Prep Time to choose new books (if needed), find a comfy spot, use the bathroom, and anything else they might need to do to prepare for 40 minutes of uninterrupted Independent Reading.
Guided Practice: Today, I would be conferencing with students right at their comfy spots and monitoring their writing to make sure it is their best quality work.
At the end of 40 minutes, I remind students that their job during reading time was to begin their final draft. I then tell them that we will wrap up our Text Structure work tomorrow. Reader’s Workshop has come to an end.