Our first grade writers began studying a new genre of writing this week: NONFICTION. The kids were over the moon excited to start this new learning!!!
To begin, we brainstormed a list of topics that we know a lot about. We used four categories to help organize our areas of expertise: people, places, activities, and things. Under each category we listed as many topics as we could.
After our topic lists were full of great ideas for nonfiction books, we got started with our writing. We learned to think about our audience and include facts in our books that our audience would want to know.
We also learned how to plan for our books by “trying on” our topics. To make sure our topic was a “good fit”, we used our fingers to list five different facts before starting our pictures and words. If we were unable to come up with five facts, we moved on to a different topic.
In the next couple of weeks, be sure to explore any nonfictions texts that you have at home with your child. Review the different nonfiction text features (headings, table of contents, captions, charts, maps, glossary, etc.), so your child feels confident about adding these interesting elements to his or her books!!!
Mrs. Stadt :)
In Writer’s Workshop, we have been focusing on creating a great persuasive letter. One thing we noticed about persuasive letters was that the best letters had to do with things that were important to us and that helped make our home, neighborhood, or school a better place. We took a walk around the school this week and brainstormed some ways we could help make our school a better place to learn. We now had great topics for our persuasive letters.
Next, we learned that persuasive letters try to make someone agree with our opinion. We stated our opinions in our letter using the “I think….” sentence starter. When we state our opinion, it becomes clear what we want the other person to think as well.
We then realized that it is important to think about our audience for our letters. If there is something we want to change in our home, then the best audience for our letter is probably someone at home, not at school.
The last thing we talked about this week was giving good reasons in our letters. Just saying that we really want something is not good enough! We need to share with our audience why it is important to us. We also discussed mini-moment reasons. These are little stories where we share a time when we saw the problem in our own lives.
Thank you so much for helping your child add ideas/opinions to their tiny topics notebook each night and for sending your response letters back to school. Our letters are becoming better and more persuasive every day, so be on the lookout for more letters coming home soon! :)