This week, it is Language Arts mentor texts. I am sharing one that I use for writing. Even before we started using Lucy Calkins in my district, we would "romance" a book, then write our composition. A favorite topic was to write about your favorite place. A favorite book to romance was All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan.
I created a quick half page pattern writing page. [Click the thumbnail below to download.] After reading the book, students think about their favorite place and draw a picture. Then, they use their picture to fill in the pattern. Sometimes, I stop here and publish their pictures and writing into a class book.
Other years, they continue to use the pattern to write a complete composition. I included the rubric that I use for grading the full composition. [Click the thumbnail below to download.]
Where else can teachers make all the difference in the world? Amanda & Stacia @ Collaboration Cuties make a difference in the literature we read to children. Farley @ Oh Boy, 4th grade! makes a difference in the way we look at our month.
Ironic! I started this post before 9 am. I was watching the Today Show. I didn't finish before Meet the Press came on. Hubby has the remote, so now I am listening to Meet the Press. White noise!
I should be at church, but a severe thunderstorm moved through about that time, so I am being lazy and listening to the rain.
Speaking of being lazy, I haven't made my summer to-do list. Maybe next week when I am actually on summer vacation, I will do it.
Since, I am changing grade levels and moving my classroom down the hall, I need to clean my garage to make space for my fourth grade language arts stuff and chapter books. I am being a little bit more brutal during this move. When I switched schools, I wasn't. I am a little bit of a borderline hoarder. I, also, need to start going through my fourth grade math and science boxes, currently in the garage, and decide what I will need for second grade.
An essential for summer vacation...naps! It takes me at least a week of no alarm clock and naps to make up for my sleep deficit from the school year.
I have a lot of plans for my blog and TPT this summer. I can't wait to have time to complete them.
I'm old school. I love going to the public library, finding a book, and turning the pages to get lost in another world.