The writing frames contain key language information to help students organize their thoughts and writing about the major ideas of a narrative or expository text. Cloze paragraphs, on the other hand, are primarily based on content and require specific words to be filled into specific places in order for the paragraph to make sense. Writing is no simple feat. Determine the words or short phrases that indicate what the students will be writing about, and highlight those words and phrases. As with any writing, assessment can be differentiated based on student proficiency level, so that students' contributions can be assessed based on their proficiency level and they are not punished for not having yet acquired particular grammatical structures, for example. Most of my students were completely lost when it came to writing reasons. Both general paragraph frames and cloze paragraph frames can be effective scaffolds for students to write paragraphs.
Paragraph frames can be developed in two basic ways, and other varieties are likely possible. These words are transition words. There are, of course, an infinite number of things that could potentially be compared: two or more organisms, characters from a novel, ideas of concepts, events in history, etc. . I had one student ask if he could combine sentence frames, which opened up the discussion for how to adjust the sentence frames.
Wednesday: Practice Goal: Practice using sentence frames to state an opinion We were three days into our unit on opinion writing. They opened right to the page and wondered what we were going to do today. Move the sentences around to put them in the order desired. Many students struggle to put together one paragraph, let alone the multi-paragraph essays that common core requires them to do. After students have used the writing frame over time and with the teacher using informal assessment, students then use the frame to write individually.
Each sentence of the paragraph is on its own strip and students have to determine which strip is likely the topic sentence, the concluding sentence, and supporting details. They were able to see how they could manipulate the sentence frames. Next, have the students read the paragraph again, chorally, and determine what order the sentences should go in. Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. Plants use a variety of structures and processes to convert sunlight into usable energy. Thanks for the sentence frames. The prompts were the same ones students were going to use with a partner during the partner practice.
Plus, I felt that students really need to write each and every day, not just practice the component state an opinion we were working on for the week. Not only was I able to get another piece of writing from students, they used the given opinion statement and matching reason to practice some higher-level writing. Clarify the meaning of each tier word by modeling sentences, and use the pictures on the flashcard as a reference. Begin by writing a topic sentence for the students that focuses them on the type of writing as well as the content you want them to write about. This begins the revision process. We go through paragraphs and highlight the topic sentence, the supporting details, and the concluding sentence. Once students are comfortable with writing one paragraph, expand their writing to multiple paragraphs.
I may also provide students with a list of topic sentences and they have to brainstorm a list of supporting details. As I introduced the sentences to the class, I starred them with different colors and emphasized the level of difficulty. The first student repeated the prompt and the second student answered the question. The order of the sentences as well as any errors they make when writing the sentence out will be addressed through the authentic revision and editing process. If you haven't bought their books, let me recommend that you rapidly do so; and if you're not feeling the price tags, to your principal and make your school buy them! Students will then be tasked with writing a sentence, in small groups or teams, that supports the topic sentence.
We usually create a booklet together to make it motivating. They also place the strips in order. I just really like some explanation, so thank you very much!!! Present the writing frame and model how to complete it. On Friday, we again discussed the sentence frames, and, using a few prompts from Monday, we practiced with a partner. We only focused on using academic language with the opinion statement. Common areas such as not keeping a consistent tense, overgeneralization of grammatical rules a nd other topics can be addressed in this way.
I said it twice, so that the first student could get it and so that the second student had some thinking time. Would love to see a model lesson if one is out there. Once each team has developed their own paragraph, all paragraphs can be added to the original, and again revised and edited as an entire class collaborative essay. With a frame that focuses on the language functions of compare and contrast, anything could be compared. Students chose a prompt, wrote an opinion statement and three reasons for it. The final step in creating the paragraph is to edit.
I wanted to share a simple, no-prep, 12-week writing printable to help your young ones start building paragraphs with ease. The paragraph has key words deleted, and students need to fill in the correct vocabulary to complete the paragraph and have it make sense. Through collaborative writing opportunities, all students have a chance to add to the paragraph at a level that is appropriate for them and their proficiency level. I emphasized that they had to state their opinion using a sentence frame and give three reasons. Although I had said all week that students had to use the sentence frames when they stated an opinion, I also repeatedly said that they could adjust the frames to meet their needs.
Changes can be tracked to see who has added what portions to the document, and to assure accountability and assess student contributions. Even though I teach 5th graders I can see using this to help them in their debate skills. Once the students have their sentence brainstormed, they should call you over and tell you the sentence they decided upon. I want them to give me the main idea as a title, not the topic. By the end of the week, I had complete sentences. To read our full disclaimer,.