Introducing Writing Genres to Beginning Writers
Free Mini-lessons to Fire Up Your Students' Writing
Providing effective writing instruction to beginning writers in the elementary school grades has its own set of strategies and challenges. In the lowest grades, the writing process might take the form of drawings, scribbles, and oral storytelling. As a student's language acquisition grows, their writing becomes more and more sophisticated. What was once a picture and class discussion becomes fluent sentences, well-constructed paragraphs, and engaging papers. In order to set your writers up for this type of success, it's important to provide a strong introduction to each of the writing genres they will be expected to master.
The following mini-lessons include important definitions, clear examples, concise overviews, and easy-to-follow lists. These make a handy student introduction as you begin your lessons on the different genres. The mini-lessons also include an “invitation to read” and an “invitation to write” that will have your students reinforcing their learning in single-class-period writing assignments.
Print out the PowerPoint mini-lessons for blackline masters, project them onto a screen using a computer, or copy them onto transparency film for whole-class instruction.
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