I’m back with Part II of my blog post: Raising the Bar with Writing! Thank you all SO much for your super sweet comments about Part I. If you missed Part I of this topic, click HERE to rewind and catch up with us. 🙂
We left off by talking about oral writing. We learned that by using oral writing in your classroom, your students are consistently using “college talk” throughout the day. This means they are speaking in clear and complete sentences within your classroom. This is key if you want your students to WRITE in complete sentences. We also saw how using oral writing transfers to paper because using proper conventions such as capitals and periods has become habit.
In Part I, I showed you our 5 sentence micro essays. Today, I’m going to show you how we transitioned from a 5 sentence micro essay to a 3 paragraph Genius Essay!
We started by learning how to orally write a triple whammy sentence. A triple whammy sentence has three parts to it and uses commas in a series. An example of a triple whammy sentence would be: In this blog post I will teach you about oral writing, micro essays, and triple whammy sentences. Easy, huh? A triple whammy sentence has three parts to it. It is, essentially, a thesis statement.
Here is our color-coded chart for our Genius Essay. Our orange, pink, and purple sentence is our triple whammy sentence. Each part of the triple whammy sentence (Your overall topic sentence) gets its own “micro essay.” Once the kids understood the color pattern, they quickly took off!
Check out Farrah Shipley’s blog post, as well, for additional ideas! She wrote a great post about First Grade Whole Brain Teaching. 🙂 Click on her button below to jump to her blog.
Keep on raising the bar with writing! And as always….