Reading and Writing Connection: Today’s writing connection is all about learning how to write the above sentence types. Simple sentences are effective structures of expression that will communicate ideas in manageable “chunks” of complex ideas. Writer’s can clarify details without run-on sentences. Writer’s are word collectors. They weave their story details with descriptive word choice and simple sentence phrasing.
Gathering materials: Each family member brings their learning journal, pencil, colored pencils/crayons, and which ever book they want to write about.
- Discuss: Share each of the sentences, one at a time, after a family member shares their own example. Picking someone to share, ask: “Who can create an example sentence like the one we just discussed?”
- Writing Connection: Open your journals to the next available page. Date the page and write the title of your book. “Next, starting drafting 4 simple sentences about your book choice. Remember to write a sentence for each of the types of sentences (declarative; interrogative; exclamatory; and imperative).
- Drafting responses: Allow each family member to write their thoughts (10 min). Encourage the youngest members to draw their thoughts and assign someone to be their scribe.
- Discuss: Let each family member share their adventure/survival outlines. Remind them that respectful listeners make eye contact with the person sharing without interrupting.
- Those that get done early… ask them to illustrate a scene from their book.