Just Right Writing Mini-Lessons: Grade 1

Just Right Writing Mini-Lessons: Grade 1

by Cheryl Sigmon, Sylvia Ford

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A bounty of mini-lessons to kick off any writing workshop—all thoughtfully written to meet the language arts standards. Includes a grid that shows how each lesson meets a standard. Sections cover: teaching basic concepts, planning for writing, making writing clearer and cleaner, making writing better, writing for real purpose and audiences. For use with Grade 1.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439431163
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2004
Series: Just Right Writing Mini-lessons
Edition description: Grade 1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 6 Years

About the Author

Cheryl M. Sigmon currently works as an educational consultant, working in schools nationally and internationally to help teachers integrate balanced literacy. She has served as a language arts specialist in the South Carolina State Department of Education, and is a former classroom teacher. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband Ray, with whom she has three grown daughters.

Sylvia M. Ford, also an educational consultant who works nationally and internationally with a focus on balanced literacy, is a former classroom teacher with more than 30 years of experience in grades K-5. She worked as a language arts specialist for a K-12 school district. She lives in West Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband Don. They have two grown daughters.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book7
How the Mini-Lessons Were Selected7
Sequencing Your Lessons8
The Mini-Lessons as Part of the Writing Workshop9
Thinking Aloud During the Mini-Lessons10
Beyond These Lessons11
Section 1Teaching Basic Concepts15
Gauging What Students Are Ready For15
1.What we say, we can write20
2.Direction of print21
3.Recognizing the "quiet" spaces between words22
4.Drawing and writing together23
5.Stretching to spell24
6.Using rime/rhyme to spell25
7.Relying on the room for spelling help26
8.Introducing the tools for writing27
9.Introducing half-and-half paper28
10.Using writing paper with margins29
Section 2Planning for Writing31
12.Choosing a topic33
13.Planning before writing34
14.Jotting down ideas35
15.Mapping an outline36
16.Webbing an outline37
Section 3Making Writing Cleaner and Clearer (Conventions)39
17.Writing sentences41
18.Sentences have subjects and verbs42
19.Subject and verb agreement43
20.Capitals at beginning of sentences44
21.Capitals for names of people45
22.Capitals for names of places and things46
23.Using periods47
24.Using question marks48
25.Using exclamation marks49
26.Quick editing of first drafts50
27.Using singular and plural nouns51
28.Quotation marks with dialogue52
29.Abbreviating titles53
30.Abbreviating months and days54
31.Using the pronouns I, me, and my55
32.Pronoun agreement56
33.Apostrophes in contractions57
34.Using a dictionary58
Section 4Making Writing Better (Revisions)59
35.Painting a picture with describing words61
36.Combining sentences62
37.Using sparkle words63
38.Staying focused64
39.Expanding ideas65
40.Using a variety of words66
41.Understanding beginning, middle, and end67
42.Sequencing, part one68
43.Sequencing, part two69
44.Telling about similarities and differences70
45.Using concrete examples (similes)71
46.Paragraphs with a central idea and related details72
47.Characters for narratives73
48.Settings for narratives74
49.Multiple-day writing, part one75
50.Multiple-day writing, part two76
Section 5Writing for Real Purposes and Audiences77
51.Generating questions for interviews79
52.Friendly letters80
54.Thank-you notes82
55.Writing poems that rhyme83
56.Shape poems84
57.Narrative writing85
58.Descriptive writing86
59.Informational writing87
60.Informational writing (science)88
61.Informational writing (social studies)89
62.Writing to respond90
63.Tell me a story91
64.Story patterns92
65.Text structure93
66.Sentence variety94
68.Using captions and illustrations96
Section 6Publishing Our Writing97
69.Class books99
70.Little books100
71.Informational little books101
72.Talking about writing102
73.Publishing at last!103
74.Cleaning up our final drafts104
75.Formats for publishing105
Teacher's blackline master of half-and-half paper for transparency108
Teacher's blackline master of first-grade handwriting paper for transparency109
Teacher's blackline master of notebook paper for transparency110
Flip Card instructions from "Apostrophes with Contractions" lesson111
Sequence Book instructions for sequence lesson112
Little Book instructions for publishing "Little Books" lesson113
Little Book template for student publishing114
Full-Page Book template for student publishing119
The Important Poem template121
Instructions for making envelopes126

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