Thursday, February 27, 2014

Transition Train

In between all of our snow days we have been working on telling our personal stories through writing.  We have spent a great deal of time focusing on transitions in our writing.

We started by planning our story with a graphic organizer. Get a copy here.

Then we spent one day focusing on writing the beginning of our story and one day focusing on writing the middle. We will get to writing the end next week.

Before we starting writing the beginning of our story we looked at the beginning of some of the books we have read.  From there we determined that the beginning of a story tells you: who the characters are, where they are, and a little about what might happen.

From there we talked about different ways to start our stories.  To help students remember different ways they could begin their story we created an anchor chart.  We called it the transition train.

After looking at the beginning we moved on to the middle.  Here is what the middle of our train looked like.

Next week we will look at different ways that we can end our stories. If you are interested in getting your own copy of the transition train head over to my TpT store.

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