During the second bend to our "Persuasive Writing Unit," students will begin to write letters that reach readers and help persuade an audience based on opinion and backed by reasons. Students will think about how they can write to make the world better, or to solve a problem that they might see, and use reasoning and evidence to back that up. They will use letter writing as a means to do this work and will learn how to not only structure this type of text, but to talk to the reader directly to try to persuade them to do something.
*students like a specific special at school the best; they can write a letter to Mrs. Lemons or Mrs. Haga trying to convince them of why we should have more of that special
*students like a specific meal in the cafeteria: they can write a letter to Mr. Kevin telling him why he should include more of these items on the breakfast/lunch menu
*students like outdoor or indoor recess better: they can write to the Kindergarten teachers to persuade us to have more of one type of recess
These are only some examples of the types of topics/problems that students can write letters about.
Some skills they will learn in this unit include:
*How to convince a reader.
*How to use reasoning and evidence to support our opinions and claims.
*Learning how to write a letter.
*Grammar and conventions.
*Structure and development.
*Using mentor texts for revision ideas,
*Partner conferencing and teacher conferencing to enhance writing.
We can't wait to begin this new bend in writing. These skills will carry over throughout the writing workshops ahead and in later grades. Practicing giving evidence and providing reasoning are critical components to writing and a skill that kindergarten students will need to practice now in order to continue the work in first grade and on.
Thanks for all your support in writing!!!!
We have officially begun our unit on persuasive writing! The students are really enjoying being able to write about things that they love and that relate to them. We are teaching them how to be convincing in their writing, providing evidence/reasons for their opinions and teaching that how to persuade a reader to do/get/like something as well. As we are going through the unit, we will continue emphasizing capitalization, punctuation, finger spacing, etc. We will being continuing to add details not only to our writing, but also to our illustrations. We will be labeling our pictures, using transitional words, and using our word wall to make sure we are spelling words correctly that we have been taught (sight words/red words).
Please continue supporting your child's writing at home by asking them what they enjoy or like, or asking them even what their favorite food or restaurant is. Ask them to give reasons to support why they like or enjoying doing something. They can write about all these things and practice at home. As always, thank you for all your support!
During the next few weeks, we will be finishing up our work on “How To" writing. We will be using the "Structure and Convention" checklist to help us edit and improve our writing. In addition to our checklist, we will continue to use anchor charts and mentor texts to help us emulate what real authors do in our own work!
Beginning at the end of February, we will be starting our Persuasive Writing Unit. The first part of this unit will focus on teaching students that some writers write to make the world a better place. We will discuss what an opinion is, what we have opinions about in and out of school, and think about things that we would like to see a change in. We will teach students that good writers use lots of evidence to support their opinion. While practicing this new kind of writing, students will continue to work on their spelling, punctuation and organization. They will continue to use the word wall to help them spell and continue sounding out words to make sure they record all the sounds they hear. They will use their writing partners to help fix up their work and use them as another “teacher” in the classroom. Students will look at published authors’ work and see what famous authors have done to make their “opinion writing” strong. We are excited to start this new unit with our kiddos and see the opinions and ideas that will stem from this unit!
During the next week, we will be focusing on editing our writing pieces and adding important elements that famous authors use in their own writing. We have been studying how famous authors of published books include certain elements in their "How to Writing" and have been translating that into our own writing.
These elements include:
~Including a title of their text to tell the readers what they will learn how to do
~Including all the important steps necessary to complete the task
~Including detailed illustrations with labels to make the teaching clear and instruct readers with ease
~Including bold print on important words
~Making sure they are directly talking to the reader using "you" and "your."
~Including warnings or reminders for readers to complete the "How To."
Along with including these elements in their writing, students will go back and ensure they are using correct punctuation. We will be reinforcing the importance of using capital letters to begin sentences and periods to end a thought. We will go back and label our drawings, add details where we need them, and use our writing partners to help us edit our pieces. Teachers will hold individual conferencing sessions using the Informational Writing Checklist and go through it with students so that they can make sure they have included everything necessary in their writing.
Feel free to give your children paper and pencils and have them practice writing at home. This can be a how to piece, a narrative piece, or anything of interest to them. As long as they are writing! Please go over their writing and reinforce proper spacing, punctuation, word choice, and having them add details where needed. Thank you for all your support as we watch our students become true authors!
by aStudents are continuing to work on our informational "How To" writing pieces. Your children are enjoying writing their pieces and are becoming experts at teaching their classmates how to do things through writing! The students are continuing to strengthen their writing and as they work on the following skills:
Our new writing unit focuses on non-fiction, "How to" Writing. Students are learning to:
Thank you for help supporting your children and for your efforts at home to help them become the best writers they can be.
Our next writing unit continues with narrative writing. Students will learn to:
At home, continue to discuss with your child things that they've done or things that have happened to them that they would be able to write about in class. Encourage your child to write at home in a journal, notebook, or diary. If your child loves to draw pictures, encourage them to label their picture by sound out the words they need. We've taught students to be "brave spellers" by listening to the sounds and writing them down one by one.
We have finished our Super Authors books! We cannot wait to see those finished products. We are moving back into Show & Tell writing. We are working on showing and telling about places we go to a lot or places we love. We are learning that if I want to show and tell with my voice I can do that same thing in a book. What I say out loud are the words I need to write on the paper and I need to be a "Brave Speller". Stretch out the words and write down the sounds I hear. As we write about our favorite places, we will add lots of detail, including people and what we do in these places.
Continue talking with your child at home about ideas they could write and putting those ideas over multiple pages. We will work on this for 3 more weeks.
We have recently partnered with an organization called Super Authors that allows each student to publish their very own book! Each child will be working with their teacher on publishing a book titled “My Favorite Things about Kindergarten”. We will then host an Author Celebration and Book Signing on Dec. 16th from 8:15-9am. You can purchase a paperback version for $15 or a hardcover for $20 and a portion of the proceeds will go back to New Prospect!
We wanted each child to see how they can be a published author with perseverance and hard work! These books will be a great keepsake for you and your family to remember this time in their lives, as well as gifts during the holiday season. If you would like to order your child’s book an order form will go home on Monday and you can place the order until Nov. 1st. At any time after Nov. 1st you can go back and order more copies of the book, but in order for it to be at the school for the Author celebration it must be ordered before Nov. 1st.
Below is are two links where you can see the end product! We are very excited about this opportunity for our students to shine as authors!
We have wrapped up our narrative writing unit and are beginning something new!
This next unit is called Show and Tell- it is informational writing. Students will need to bring in something they love from home that can fit in their cubbie and stay here by Tuesday 10/8! Students will work on their drawings as they work on teaching about this item and then labeling it. We will work on spelling more sight words in our writing and stretching out more sounds to be "BRAVE SPELLERS". Students will learn to show and tell more than just an object they love in their writing, but also people and places they love to teach about those things.
Continue to encourage drawing and writing at home in realistic ways and spelling words by listening to the sounds they hear as they say them!