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Beginning Independent Writing: Five-Sentence Essays for Early Writers: Using a Graphic Organizer as a Planning Tool

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This essay writing lesson helps students organize their writing. The first time you present it, plan on it taking about 30 minutes. It will get easier and faster for both you and your students. Meanwhile, the children gain confidence and get excited about extending their writing. The trick, however, is not to go too fast. Whether the project takes two days or up to a week, you’ll probably want to assess your instruction. Was the assignment too hard? (typically, it is manageable in the first month of first grade), or were you being exceptionally thorough, for instance allowing every child to share her work?

Teaching Tips

Use this resource on your interactive whiteboard.

- Use on your Interactive Whiteboard to model how to fill in the organizer for an essay topic to prepare students for independent writing.

- Use a completed organizer on the Interactive Whiteboard to model how to use their organized ideas to create a written essay.

- Use on your Interactive Whiteboard to brainstorm ideas for a shared writing piece for an essay.

- Save the model and print it out to give to students who were not in class.

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