Before starting this writing unit I met with my principal to brainstorm some ideas on how to kick it off. He is an excellent curriculum coach and he always seems to know what the best learning approach is. With his advice and a little of my own tweaking we worked on my unit that I created (still creating) from pulling resources from many random places. Most of my inspiration came from Kelly Anne's unit . She has awesome organizational ideas and mini lessons that I can add my own touch to!
To start it off I divided kids into groups of 4-5 and gave them each a couple of books with a post it note. I told them all the books in front of them were narrative text and we are going to be looking through them to create a list of what makes them a narrative text. At first they were totally lost so I had to do some prompting. I took them to look at the cover pages and write what they notice, go through the text and write what they see or don't see. I gave them about 5-10 minutes and they created their list. At the end we collected back up as a group and everyone gave their ideas to create our "Master list"... Excuse the sloppiness. I only get about 35-40 minutes with one of my classes and my paper is taped to the wall when I write on it! We waste no time!! And don't worry...These were tossed after we created out master list.. I'm not hanging these up:)
here. After this we worked on creating a character and then pre-writing on a roller coaster format. What do you do to kick off your unit? Please note we did a pre-test writing prompt too:)