It may appear that I'm slacking off of my "Keep a Blog as my New Year's Resolution," but I really haven't been. Honest.
The NNWP has me on a tight deadline for having our newest 300+ page print resource to the editor this month so it can go to the printer in early March. The Guide--"Show Me Your Story"--focuses on narrative lessons and teaching strategies, especially aimed at 3rd-5th grade. The fourth grade section is now completely done! Woo-hoo! Coming soon (to the editor) the 3rd and 5th grade section. This is what I have been working on. See? Not slacking!
Let me share from the now-completed fourth-grade section for the new guide. Here's a link to one of the pre-writing lessons that will appear both online and in the guide: http://writingfix.com/Process/PreWriting/Showing_Pride_4th.htm
This is a pre-writing lesson that teaches skills necessary to narrative writing. It focuses nicely on three of my seven elements of a differentiated writing lesson: graphic organizers, student talk about student samples, and student choice.
Take a few minutes to explore for those three elements in the thorough online write-up. Did any new ideas occur to you?