We have been using author Gail Gibbons to study several mentor texts for informational writing. On Monday, we explored examples of How-To's to recognize features we might include in our own writing.
|Luis points out that How-To's often have a title|
|Joel and Daisy read|
|Dominic, Alejandro, Doriahn, Valeria and Adriana find how-to features|
Later this week, we learned that Writers act out their how-to's to revise and clarify their steps. The Stanford Trees helped me revise my writing when I read my "How-To Carve a Pumpkin" piece to Ms. O'Rourke as she tried to follow my steps. Her actions really helped me see where my writing could be more clear for my reader!
|William helped catch the pulp as Ms. O'Rourke scooped out the pulp and seeds|
|Writers helped me revise my words to clarify my meaning|
|Ms. O'Rourke works hard to carve a great face on our pumpkin!|
|Doriahn acts out Angelica's instructions on "How-To Take Care of a Baby"|
|William acts out Abraham's piece on "How to Swim"|
|Anthony acts out Valeria's instructions for "How to Write a Piece"|
I took great pleasure conferring with writer Kamarah:
me: "What are you working on as a writer today? Kamarah:"As a writer, I'm working on Warnings for my How-To. I've just been thinking...Gail Gibbons is like the best writer of all time. She has helped me so much in how to be a better writer. Like today, I learned about helpers: I put in Warnings to tell my reader to get help from an adult when carving a pumpkin."