This week in reading students will be zooming in on specific areas of their informational texts that need some revisions. We will focus on these topics during reading so that students can use their writing block to work on completing their informational books by THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 2. At this point, students have been researching subtopics of the American Revolution and have lots of notes about their topics. Now, as writers, they need to decide how they want to "teach" their topic to a reader. The teachers will be using mentor texts in the class to demonstrate how professional authors do this in their own informational books. We will also be focusing on having students work with their peers on making sure their topics remain interesting and are not confusing to a reader who doesn't know about the topic.
Tonight, students should have brought home their writing journals to focus on text features (photographs, maps, graphs, captions, headings, etc.) that they feel would enhance their writing for a reader. They should not be searching for pictures of all the people and battles of the American Revolution, rather searching for precise features that help the reader have a deeper understanding of the topic that the writer has presented.