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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Content Area

  • NVACS English Language Arts

Resource Type(s)

  • Miscellaneous


  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade


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Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • RL.1.2 - Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • W.1.5 - With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • W.2.5 - With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • W.3.5 - With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of L.3.1-3)

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