Once students have started contributing to our What Writer's Do anchor chart, we look at how writers decide what to write about.
prompts during morning work).
We start the lesson by reading The Best Story. Only one of my favorite books to help teach writing! The main character is trying to write the best story to win a ride on a roller coaster with her favorite author. She gets advice about her writing from her family members, but her story never seems quite right. Finally, her mom gives her the best advice yet...write from the heart!
heart map in which they think of what things are in their hearts that they could write about. Take a look at some of these ideas for how to use a heart map.
For some students, the heart map is a bit too broad, and they need something with more structure. For those students, I use this graphic organizer, to help them think about things that are special to them.
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