So we have verbally been working on Genius sentence writing (for more info see www.wholebrainteaching.com), we have done some practice with actually writing some genius paragraphs but this time I wanted a formal step by step way and also my goal was to help me carry this over to Writers Workshop (shhh... I am sad to say NOT my strong suit!).
Day 1: I read Jan Brett's (our current author of study) Wild Christmas Reindeer Then we talked about what if Rudolph had a crazy cousin that wanted to help they needed to decide if yes they would let him or no they would not what the cousin to help. I told them they needed to have 3 reasons to support their position. I really just wanted them to get to writing and get ideas on paper.
Day 2: We took our rough drafts and I modeled how to go back to those words I was not sure about when I was writing and circle them in red. Then I ( we reviewed!!) went back and used my tools to find the word and spell it correctly on my rough draft. They have student sight word books at their desks and they also used dictionaries or the thesaurus in the classroom.
The next step was getting those three supporting details to each have their own paragraph. I created these color coded graphic organizers to help them to create those genius paragraphs:
Day 3 & 4 were spend getting the rough drafts done. When they had made the corrections I looked at it and then they were able to put that onto the FINAL COPY!! (which I modeled of course) They had some GREAT stories!!! OMG I have some great authors!! (SHHH!!! Don't tell my class but one of my favorite stories was one where the cousin should not help and one reason the student gave was that he would poop in the sleigh!! lol cracked me up!!!)
The very last thing was making the crazy cousin. They had so much fun with this project!! It was a blast!