Theme: Creating a Classroom Full of Readers and Writers
Writer’s Workshop: Organization/Getting to Know Students
Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade
Previously by Allan Ahlberg is a neat little book I found at the library. The inside cover states, “Every story, every person, and every thing started somewhere. Find out what all of your favorite fairy tale characters were up to. . . PREVIOUSLY.”
Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book. Discuss the word, “previously” and how the author used the word to organize the book. At the beginning of the year, use it as a model to teach students how to write about themselves. Model for students using your own life first, _________ was a fifth grade teacher, previously she ____________. Work backwards to describe specific details of your life. Then, ask students to do the same. A fantastic writing model to learn more about your students!
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