Friday, March 15, 2013

Hands-on STAAR Revising & Editing Preparation! *Freebie!

Just a little update! We are hurtling towards the Writing STAAR in Texas, and I've been pulling out students to work with in a writing class. It's been a challenge to cram so much into such a short amount of time, but I've really enjoyed putting together some lessons and modeling the writing process for the kids. 

Test-taking writing stinks, but writing itself is so much fun to teach. I think so, anyway.

This week, we continued with the third lesson from my Hands-on Revising & Editing Expository Lessons pack (freebie below)! 

I used a pocket chart to build the basic paragraph. Then I wrote the sentences from the lesson on sentence strips to build the paragraph. The first day we worked with verb tense. 

The kids used the context of the sentence to identify the appropriate specific word and insert sentences to add relevant details.

These hands-on approach for revising and editing is better than an anchor chart or a worksheet! Teach students about grammar, word choice, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and so much more in one paragraph a week through manipulating sentence strips to making changes in expository or narrative paragraphs. Great for a station for students to practice these skills, too! #teachingwriting #revisingediting

To prepare for Tuesday, I cut words that had homophones out of the sentences. Then I wrote the homophone pairs on cards and we decided which belonged in the sentence. We chose between our/are, their/they're/there, and it's/its. 

These hands-on approach for revising and editing is better than an anchor chart or a worksheet! Teach students about grammar, word choice, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and so much more in one paragraph a week through manipulating sentence strips to making changes in expository or narrative paragraphs. Great for a station for students to practice these skills, too! #teachingwriting #revisingediting

On Tuesdays, my buddy is unavailable to help with the group, so our lovely principal stepped in! She even explained to the kids about how important it is to stop and think about whether the "it's/its" in the sentence means "it is" or "belongs to it". I think that's a valuable life lesson. Let's just say I know a lot of adults who don't take the time to check before they send an email!


Want to try it out? I put together two weeks of free lessons, or you can grab nine weeks of hands-on revision and editing for expository and narrative in my TpT store!


These hands-on approach for revising and editing is better than an anchor chart or a worksheet! Teach students about grammar, word choice, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and so much more in one paragraph a week through manipulating sentence strips to making changes in expository or narrative paragraphs. Great for a station for students to practice these skills, too! #teachingwriting #revisingeditingThese hands-on approach for revising and editing is better than an anchor chart or a worksheet! Teach students about grammar, word choice, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and so much more in one paragraph a week through manipulating sentence strips to making changes in expository or narrative paragraphs. Great for a station for students to practice these skills, too! #teachingwriting #revisingediting



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2 comments:

  1. I am loving these! Thank you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing!
    I am having a “Spring Break Bucket List” linky party...stop by and link up!

    Brigid
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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