Narrative writing will be our focus in writing this year. We will be getting ready for the State Writing Assessment which will take place in late January or early February.
I will give the students many prompts to work on throughout the year. We will be starting with prewriting which will involve brainstorming and a four square. Then we will move on to a rough draft, editing/revising and end up with our final copy.
We will also be working on the 6 traits of writing. Here are some ideas to help you and your child with each trait.
Ideas: As you begin your paper you generate ideas. Your ideas and content are the reasons for writing a paper. Every paper should convey a message and be easy to follow. Some thoughts to get you going:
Organization: Organizing your ideas helps a reader move through your paper in a meaningful way. Here are some things to keep in mind as you write your paper:
Vocie: Your voice is what gives your writing personality, flavor and style.
Questions to think about as you write your paper:
Sentence Fluency: Fluent writing has rhythm. Sentences vary in length and structure. It is easy and pleasurable to read aloud.
It is important to think about:
Word Choice: The specific words that you choose create images, capture a reader's attention and make your story memorable.
Look at your paper and decide:
Conventions: You've finished your first draft. Now it is time to start editing for conventions. These include spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization and paragraphing. Proper use of conventions make your story easy for others to read.
To begin editing ask yourself: