Tomorrow afternoon in Science Class I’m going to start teaching my kids how to transfer their note cards into details they can use in paragraphs for their Solar System Planet Book. Hence, I needed a model to demonstrate with. Therefore, I spent a bit of time this evening drafting my own report on Planet Earth, which my colleague Kate and I chose as our planet.
It’s only in draft form, using the graphic organizer booklet we created for the children, but I think it’s a decent first-attempt that I can share with my students. I tried to keep the writing somewhat simplistic, realizing that the purpose of this booklet is to teach them how to craft their own report on their planet. Here’s what my first draft looks like:
Next step: Citing sources and the cover!
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).