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My Family: Writing Practice
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Students will be able to describe what they already know about families by thinking and sharing facts about their own families.
- The day before your lesson, instruct your students to bring pictures from home that they can paste into a book that they will make.
- Explain to your students that they are going to be discussing families.
- Discuss with your students what family means to them. Potential discussion questions include: How are families a system that works together? How are families the same and how are they different? What do families around the world look like?
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Explain to your students that they will create a book about their families.
- Instruct your students to draw a picture of their families. Have them label the individuals in their drawings.
- Direct your students to draw a picture of their families celebrating something, such as a holiday.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(10 minutes)
- Show your students a premade book about your family.
- Walk the students through some of the pictures. Identify the people in your pictures and explain each individual person's role in the family.
- Give suggestions to your students about what they could write.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Have your students pick 4 people to write about. Direct your students to think about the roles and responsibilities of the people. Ask them to think about what their families need or want.
- Instruct your students to paste pictures of their families inside their books.
- Offer details and potential examples of family interactions to your students.
- Enrichment: Have these students write a story about an experience that they have had with four of their family members.
- Support: Give your students a word bank or sentence starters to write about their families.
- Walk around as your students write about their family members, making sure that they use complete sentences.
- Make sure that your students write how each family member has an important role in the family. Remind them that no two family members are alike!
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Ask everyone to share their family books.
- After everyone has shared, ask your students to describe how families are different.