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Writing Mini-Lesson: Narrowing a Topic and Adding Detail

<p>This video is an example of a mini-lesson that focuses on narrowing a topic and adding details. The teacher provides first grade students with an example of a moment in time that she enriches with supporting details.</p> <br> <p><strong>Key Points</strong></p> <br> <p><strong>Introduction:</strong><p> <ul> <li>The teacher states the purpose of the lesson as talking about what good writers do.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Skill and Concept Development:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The teacher emphasizes the importance of writing from experience.</li> <li>The teacher is modeling this strategy via the think-aloud method (explaining her cognitive process - not just telling students what to do).</li> <li>The teacher asks students to be active listeners and restate details they heard from their peers.</li> <li>Using a common experience of the class (a field trip) the teacher encourages the students to share a small moment with details through a talk with a buddy strategy (100% student engagement).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The teacher encourages students to narrow their own topics and expand their chosen moment in time with details.</li> </ul>

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