Our new writing unit focuses on non-fiction, "How to" Writing. Students are learning to:
write a "How to Writing Piece" that teaches a reader how to do something (examples: writing about how to make a cake, how to make smores, how to get dressed, how to ride a bike, etc.)
drawing detailed pictures
writing sentences to match their pictures
including exact details to make the "How To" easy for a reader to understand
focusing on putting steps in order and understanding the importance of writing about steps in order
making their writing "easy to read" (including spaces, punctuation, beginning with an uppercase letter and the rest are lowercase)
using transitional words such as "First, Next, Then, Last."
At home, please continue to discuss with your child things that they've done or can successfully do and something they could teach someone else how to do. Encourage your child to write at home in a journal, notebook, or diary. If you cook with your child, introduce them to recipes and directions and what they look like. When your child gets ready for bed or wakes up in the morning, ask them what they have to do first next and last.
Thank you for help supporting your children and for your efforts at home to help them become the best writers they can be.