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Carrie Beth Watson Wedgewood Elementary-CCISD 4 years experience 4 th Grade L.A. and Social Studies My Nephew and Niece (Twins) Jonathan and Faith Reading Never Starts …Too Early

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Carrie Beth Watson Wedgewood Elementary-CCISD 4 years experience 4 th Grade L.A. and Social Studies. Reading Never Starts. …Too Early. My Nephew and Niece (Twins) Jonathan and Faith. Wedgewood Elementary School CCISD. Wedgewood Timberwolves Staff Extremely energetic - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Carrie Beth WatsonWedgewood Elementary-CCISD 4 years experience4th Grade L.A. and Social StudiesMy Nephew and Niece (Twins) Jonathan and FaithReading Never StartsToo Early

  • Wedgewood Elementary School CCISD

    Wedgewood Timberwolves StaffExtremely energetic 76% Caucasian, 10% African American, Asian 7%,& 7% HispanicStudentsHalf the population is Caucasian Other half is Asian, Hispanic, and African AmericanFamily lifeMiddle class families- parents both workingMany two parent families, single parent families, and step parent families.Some family guardians are grandparents and Aunts and Uncles.

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  • Architecture- Becoming the CrafterMy classroom ApproachLiterature and writing need to go hand in hand. Students cant be expected to write with out proper modeling. Turning to the true architectures, the writers themselves, students will see the building blocks behind a good piece of writing..

    Carrie Beth Watson

  • Architecture- Becoming the Crafter

    The rich language and beautiful rhythm of picture books make them excellent choices for introducing the characteristics of great writing.Rosanne Kurstedt and Maria KoutrasTeaching Writing with Picture Books as Models

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  • Architecture- Becoming the Crafter

    There are good pragmatic reasons for not packing picture books away after second grade. Even if children shift their reading to longer chapter books, their writing does not expand in this exponential way The texts children write are more likely to resemble the texts of picture books than longer books composed of extended chapters. Whatever their reading preferences, they will need the picture books as models for their writing.

    Thomas NewkirkIn Beyond Words by Susan Benedict and Lenore Carlisle

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  • Architecture- Becoming the Crafter

    Writers have particular other writers they go to for inspiration. They read the words of the masters over and over, awed, for ever relearning the trade, thrilling to the power and beauty of language in the hands of a gifted writer.

    Ralph FletcherWhat a Writer Needs

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  • Using literature to promote powerful word choice.Day #2Re-read Somewhere in the World Right Now. (Students will sit with me on the reading carpet.)a. The purpose for each student is to listen for powerful words or phrases; listen for words that catch your attention. b. Each student will have a clipboard and paper to take notes on.Make a class list of powerful words/phrases from the story. Talk about itWhy do authors use such powerful words or phrases in their writing?What do good authors have you to do as you read (Create a movie in your head.)We as authors have the same job as the authors of books. We have to use powerful language just like the experts.

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    Processing SkillsStudents are divided into groups. Each group is given a weakword. The purpose is to put the weak word to rest, RIP, and create a powerful word in its place. Powerful words will be added to the word wall.

  • Using literature to promote powerful word choice.Day #3Extension ActivityA student will re-read Somewhere in the World Right Now to the rest of the class. (Choose a fluent reader.)Review chart, made on day #2, of powerful words found in the story.Student are divided into groups of 2 or 3. Each group will be given a note card with a weak sentence on it. The weak sentence needs to be transformed into a powerful sentence.Groups will share their powerful sentence with the class.Writing- Students are given time to revise pieces in the works. Practicing putting to rest weak words and replacing them with powerful words or phrases.

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    IEP/Modify/ELL/ Bilingual StudentsThese students can make a thesaurus of weak and powerful words. One column in the dictionary would contain the weak word and the corresponding column would have the powerful word. The dictionary could be used through out the year as a referenced during the writing process.

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  • Other Ideas-Connecting Literature to WritingSequels (Independent) Click Clack Moo and Duck for President byMiss Nelson Is Missing and Miss Nelson is Back by James MarshalCreative Writing (Independent)Tuesday by David WiesnerThe Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van AllsburgFreefall by Chris Van Allsburg

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