LESSON THREE: Final Topic Selection
Examine touchstone text , The Quicksand Book, and complete the anchor chart. After students share proposed topics and receive peer feedback, they make a final topic selection. Using a writer’s notebook, model to record ideas for steps.
W1A Write expository text with assistance, with main idea supporting details
§ Sources of Literature
o The Quicksand Book by Tomie dePaola
o Writers notebooks
o Writing folder
o Anchor chart
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
o exposition/expository writing
Students/teacher cooperatively evaluate topic choices. Also use teacher’s anecdotal records.
1. Reviewing previous lesson, focus on new concepts on the anchor chart.
2. Read touchstone text, The Quicksand Book. Engage in interactive read-aloud, stopping occasionally and asking questions.
3. Add to anchor chart new ideas about expository writing.
4. Students open writer’s notebooks and share ideas from previous day. Each student shares up to three topics and receives peer feedback.
5. A final topic selection is made.
6. Model a writer’s notebook for idea development. For example, your topic is “How to make Spaghetti.” Thinking through the process sequentially, record steps for the activity in writer’s notebook. This may be done using the flip chart and own topic.
7. As students think and write in their writer’s notebook, confer and take anecdotal records.