We’re almost done discussing the graphic organizer my students used during our opinion writing unit of study. The final section of the graphic organizer is on crafting a strong conclusion to our essay.
Reflecting and Revising
When I first began creating this unit, I didn’t do a very thorough job of requiring students to re-state their opinion at the end of the essay. Fortunately, being a reflective educator, I quickly saw my mistake and took necessary steps to correct it. I revised the graphic organizer with a reminder for students to include their opinion one more time in the conclusion. Without such a re-statement, the endings were very abrupt and choppy.
Conclusions Anchor Chart
With conclusions, our anchor charts once again were put to good use. From the same source that gave me a great writing hook chart came another one about clever conclusions. This one will cost you just a bit, but the price (in my opinion :)) is worth it considering how much use it gets in my classroom.
Moving On in the Writing Process
The longer we studied opinion writing, the better the students were at completing the graphic organizers. That’s a good sign! It wasn’t unusual for students to finish up before our writing workshop time had come to an end. They would often ask to begin their rough drafts, and I allowed it. The drafting stage can be a little longer depending on how quickly students write (that varies a lot!). It often helped to have given some kids a bit of a head start with their drafts.
We’re almost done with this week’s focus on Day 2 of our writing week. Tomorrow I’ll share how I use a few other anchor charts during our writer’s workshop. Happy teaching! ~Sally