Fill That Page
- Students will be able to space their writing across pages.
- Students will be able to recall information from experiences.
- Introduce the lesson by displaying a large piece of lined chart paper on the board.
- Say, “Wow, this is a lot of space. I wonder if I can fill it up with my writing?"
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Explain that sometimes when we begin to write a story, we only use part of the page. If we use the entire page and keep writing across many pages, our story will become longer and even more interesting to our readers.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Model writing a story on the chart paper. Begin by writing a very simple line such as, “This morning I walked to school.”
- Ask the students what they think of your story. Answers will vary, but might include that it is very short and doesn’t have much detail.
- Demonstrate how you could continue writing your story by filling up the page and continuing on the next page by using more details such as, “This morning I walked to school. After I left my house, I saw a brightly colored hummingbird! I love how colorful and fast hummingbirds are. Later on my walk I passed a rose garden and a purple house. I really enjoyed my walk to school.”
- Remind students that writers use details and fill up each page when they write. Writers tell a story by writing across many pages.
- Tell your students that they should practice sounding out words and using sight words in their writing. They can also use pictures to tell their story.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Explain that now the class will get a chance to write about something that happened to them this morning. Elaborate that they will try their best to recall information from their morning and write their ideas on the worksheet provided.
- Have students think-pair-share a few ideas about what happened to them orally with an elbow partner prior to getting started (e.g. "This morning, I woke up happy. Then I played. I ate my breakfast. I went to school. I had fun at school today").
- Pass out the It Happened to Me worksheet to each student.
- Review the directions again as needed. Encourage students to provide a reaction to what happened to them (e.g. I felt ____when I went to school today).
- Work with individual students or table groups during this time.
Enrichment: Have more advanced students write a second story about their family. Encourage them to write as many words as they can.
Support: Struggling students can be grouped together and begin by drawing a detailed illustration for their story. Have them dictate their words to you as you record them on their paper.
- Assess students’ understanding by checking to see if they are able to fill up their page before moving on to the next page.
- Check to make sure students tell about the events that happened in the correct order and provide a reaction about how they felt after those events happened.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Have students share their writing with the other students at their table or desk.
- Answer student questions and/or review as needed.