Over the past four classes, the students have been collecting, organizing, and drafting their How-to stories. We learned about RAFT as a writing strategy that helps to guide our writing. The R stands for Role, the A stands for Audience, the F stands for Format, and the T stands for Topic. It is important for writers to identify these things before they commit words to a page.
After the students made a plan using the RAFT graphic organizer, they did some prewriting and then drafting. They listened to the story How to Babysit a Grandpa for ideas on elaboration.
The key concepts for this week included: writing an introduction and expanding on the abbreviated list of steps completed during the prewriting stage. I look forward to continuing the work next week with the groups.
This week the students were introduced to the new ALO Unit - Writing Procedural Texts. This unit uses an inquiry-based structure in which the students analyze mentor texts and then use them for inspiration in their own writing.
Students listened to How to Teach a Slug to Read (Peterson). They identified time order words and examined how the author organized the book. Students have completed the first step of the Writing Process by brainstorming ideas for their own How To or procedural text. We will look at some more mentor texts next week and then start drafting!
Here are some books I recommend from this genre: How to Talk to Dads (Greven - A kid!), Pancakes for Breakfast (DePaola), How to Babysit a Grandpa (others in the series) (Reagan), Growing Vegetable Soup (Ehlert).