Sharing our writing

Today 3A visited one of the prep grades to share our recently published picture story books. We had been looking forward to doing this! The books were written with a younger audience in mind and we think that the preps really enjoyed listening to our stories and seeing the pictures that matched the words.

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What did you enjoy about sharing your Picture Story Book?

Fearless

This week in Writer’s Workshop we are learning about the features of a picture story book

Below is a table that we developed which shows what 3A consider to be the ……..

ELEMENTS OF A GOOD PICTURE STORY BOOK

 

TITLE Memorable, catchy, match tone of story
THEME (Message) emotions, difference, friendship, feelings, YCDI keys
CHARACTER/S Personality, mood,
NARRATIVE STRUCTURE (Problem/complication) A problem/complication that needs to be solved
BOLD BEGINNING Hooks the reader
SETTING Set the mood and help reader become involved with story
VOICE/AUDIENCE Story appeals to the audience. Author’s personality shines through. Believable and related to author’s experience.
WORD PLAY(good to read aloud) Rhythm, rhyme, repetition, voice, flow, sensory words, alliteration, vocabulary, adjectives, verbs, similes, onomatopoeia,
ILLUSTRATIONS Create drama and excitement, support the text, reveal what is not said (gives reader opportunity to make inferences), create a “big reveal” moment
EXCELLENT ENDING Ties up the story.

 

 

Today we read

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It made us laugh! Fearless is timid and polite but people who didn’t know him thought he was scary.

We wrote on the features of this picture story book on our whiteboard.

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 What did you like the most about Fearless?

Can you describe Fearless’s character traits?

 

What makes a good information report?

When exploring information reports we decided that the following elements were really important:Planning (using a graphic organiser)

Title

Introduction (general statement/classification/description of what report is about)

Paragraphs to organize information (3 or more sentences per paragraph)

Topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph

Sentence Fluency (long and short sentences)

Conjunctions (to make some sentences longer)

Facts

Technical words

Summary ( to tie all of the information together)

Revision using ARMS – Add, Remove, Move, Substitute

Editing using CUPS – Capitals, Understanding, Punctuation, Spelling

An annotated information report about Day and Night

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You will notice that the students of 3A did a great job of using the important elements listed above in their Information Reports.

What do you think is the most important element of an information report?

narrative writing

This week we practiced writing Narratives within a time limit to prepare for the NAPLAN next week.

When writing Narratives we need to remember to include:

Beginning: Where (Setting), Who (Characters), When (Tense-usually the past)

Middle: Complication/problem

Ending: Resolution (problem solved)

It is also helpful to use the 6+1 Traits of Writing (conventions, organisation, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions).

What do you enjoy most about writing Narratives?

 

Persuasive Writing

This semester Grade 3 have been learning how to write persuasive texts.

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We have learnt how to structure an argument using the conventions trait.

It is important to focus on the word choice and voice traits too.

These posters help us remember some of the strategies that we can use to successfully write really persuasively!

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Which strategies do you enjoy using when you write a persuasive text?