We recently completed our How-To Writing unit. Throughout this unit we have been focused on being teachers. We were able to select any number of things we were "experts" on to teach someone through focused steps and lots of detail. Some of the important features of how-to writing is tell what to do in steps, number the steps, labels that teach, and use lots of details. I was so excited to watch the kiddos share their pieces with their classmates. Once finished publishing and "fancying up" we walked around the room and browsed a variety of writing. It was a fantastic moment of celebration!
Our next unit will be persuasion. We will focus on being convincing, using evidence, and being problem solvers. One of the biggest components of this unit is that students can see a problem somewhere in the world (school or otherwise) and help find solutions to that problem. We will use many mentor texts to help illustrate persuasion. We will also do a variety of other writing like signs, letters, and songs. I can't wait to see what these budding writers come up with this time!