Motivate students to check their facts and really learn content as they write in these fun, informational formats. Students learn how to share fascinating facts through sidebars, communicate concisely with terse verse, connect with audiences through factual riddles, organize writing with the Vase graphic organizer, and much more! Complete with model lessons, graphic organizers, books lists, student samples, and tips for differentiation, this resource provides a wonderful way to build writing skills and content-area knowledge at the same time!
Sidebars on Display
Create a small bulletin board with copies of sidebars from textbooks, magazines, nonfiction or informational picture books, brochures, and manuals. Each day, read two sidebars aloud and ask students to categorize them. One student can then label the sidebars that you’ve discussed. In this way, students have concrete examples before their eyes. This support will help them include different kinds of information in their own writing!