Fred Wolff-who is a Six Traits presenter-then go!)
Our newest writing unit is informational/expository writing, and before we got to writing, I wanted to go over what informational writing was (and could be!)
We are going to be writing advertisements (though they didn't know that)-I figured it was a good way to introduce it, plus it's that time of year when ads get crazy!
Using one of the prewriting ideas I got at the workshop, I split the kids into 4 groups of 4 (yes, I only have 16-I love it! I'll have more next year :)
I had them divide up their paper into three columns, and label it Toys, Games and Electronics/Video Games.
When the gallery walk finished, I gave each group a yellow piece of paper and had them divide into three again.
This time, they needed to pick the best toy/game/electronic and write down:
-Why it was cool
-Why people would buy it
-What made it the best
I told them they needed to come to a consensus on the best for each category.
The discussions they had were great!
They took another gallery walk.
|This group could not agree if a Wii (girls) or a Playstation/Xbox (boys-and I can't remember specifics :) was better. I suggested gaming system since that's what they both are.|
|This group had to compromise-they gave one girl the toy if the boys could pick the electronic :)|
|One of the kiddos here had a HUGE music thing-he won the electronic battle|
Then I sent them back to their seats. I had them pick one game/toy/electronic that they thought was the best and answer the questions above.
We shared as a group when everyone was finished :)
We talked a little bit about advertisements, and what they are.
Tomorrow, we'll talk about what an ad needs to have and I'll get them started on their writing.
This was a great lesson-long, but worthwhile! (It took over an hour-probably closer to an hour and a half with the chart and activities) Plus, they were engaged the whole time, and working cooperatively. Score!
Smiles and Sunshine,