Author Paula Jensvold shares her classroom-tested ways for teaching children how to write for different purposes. Through clear, step-by-step mini-lessons and sample student-teacher dialogues, she demonstrates how to introduce children to must-know forms of real-life writing, including lists, signs and labels, how-to procedures, messages, ads, cards, e-mails, letters, and thank-you notes, and then provides practice activities for each writing form. Includes ideas for differentiated learning, reproducible practice pages, and suggested book lists to connect with each type of writing.
Featured in this book are two reproducible templates you can use to enhance your writing unit:
• The Send-Home Letter invites families to share examples of real-life writing they do at home with the class. You can adapt this letter as needed to fit your particular needs.
• The Writer’s Reflection Form provides a self-assessment tool that students can use whenever they write. You may want to place copies of this form at the Writing Center.