Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Writing Predictable Books

The project my class has been working on for the past week is one I thought would be a disaster. I have wanted to make predictable books with my class for a while now. Honestly, I thought it was going to be one of those week long writing lessons that would make me pull my hair out! Have you ever planned a lesson that you thought would end up bad? Maybe I'm crazy for trying it, but I'm so glad I did. We began by reading samples of predictable books that we have already read in class. Then, we made a list of sentence starters that students could choose from. Next, we wrote and illustrated a page a day. I think doing one page a day was why it went so smoothly. Once students picked a sentence, each day I reminded him or her that they must begin their sentence with the same words. Here are two examples. I wish I could show them all because I am so proud of my little cuties!

I love Brody's last page, "Spiderman is cool." He wanted to throw his readers off by changing the last page:)

Have you tried writing predictable books in your classroom? 

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