We focused on strong mini lessons, "How did the author share research in this book?" We completed several circle book passes, and students found graphs, maps, sidebars, vocabulary charts, diagrams, sequence, timelines. After creating a list, students completed chalk talks. I asked my writers to think "horizontal" WOW! What a challenge for them. Asking them to look across their 4 questions. Prompts included
- What do you notice about your research? What do all 4 questions have in common?
- Do you see any data in your research?
- Could you create a sidebar with interesting facts?
- Is there another way to share vocabulary besides a glossary?
- Could you build a graph that would support your research?
Writing is messy! I love that quote from Ruth. I remembered that almost everyday. I am celebrating a writing process that encouraged my writers to think horizontally. Research is not finished after you, "Google it." Thanks to Ruth for mentoring me in my writing workshop. Here's the link up for this week's celebrations.