I love creating Interactive Writing charts with my students. This is a great foundation for creating informational pieces of writing. We just finished up our unit on creating “How To” pieces of writing and have moved on to “All About” books. We have been studying insects, specifically ladybugs. After reading about ladybugs, we created this Interactive Writing chart together.
The students wrote in the text and then each added their own ladybug art. I like for everyone to participate in some way. Then, all students have ownership over our work in the classroom. The next day, I taught my students what the word fact meant. I told them that it is something that is true and can be proven. Then, we talked about how we would write a book using facts. I modeled this by creating an “All About Ladybugs” book. Here is my chart example.
Then, they took each selected a different topic to write about and used this paper to create their draft. Click to download. J
After they filled out this page correctly, they took this information and created a three page book.
(This is my favorite, lol)
I will post pics later of their finished products. We are still working on them. I was so impressed with how well they did. They really understood what a fact was and why it was an important part of writing an informational piece….to teach the reader something. J I really have enjoyed all of our writing adventures this year. I will have to share our finished How-To Books. They turned out great!
So, what are you writing about in your class right now?