In this post I will let you in on my little secret for teaching ideas and details.
Students use this worksheet and I draw one on the board.
I like to give kids ideas that anybody could experience. . . going to the park, going to Grandma's house, a party, the first day of school. . . I want kids to know that they can write about something other than going to Disneyland.
Once kids begin to hear the ideas of other students, they get their own ideas.
And that, my friends, is how I get each of my students to have an idea!
In Room to Write #2: Ideas and Details, you can find more ideas for helping students with finding ideas or topics.
These cards give children ideas for writing. They get their imaginations going.
So I thought about how to teach the meaning of details. I made an entire freebie, which you can download here.
These things that make our parties more exciting are details. The words we add to our writing to make it more interesting are also called details.
Hand out the worksheet and tell the students that they will be adding details to this birthday party.
I find students have a much better understanding of reading and writing concepts once they understand the meaning of details. If there is one word I spend time explicitly teaching, it is details. I think it is such a valuable word. . . until I think of a new one :)
Here are some activities included in Room to Write #2: Ideas and Details. . .
These activities help students develop ideas and give students a conceptual understanding of the term.
Before having children write a narrative with a focus on ideas and details, these samples help students see how to add ideas and details. Children read both samples and discuss the similarities, differences, and what makes one better than the other.
For more lessons, which include PowerPoint presentations and more activities, click here.