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Our last writing unit is a type of informational writing-- journalism! Students will learn to observe the world around them to find events worthy of writing a news article on. From house wheel spinning, to International Night, to art class-- the possibilities are endless! We will study news sources like Newsela to see what other news reporters include in their news articles.

Non-fiction writing
Another fourth grade standard is to write informational reports. Therefore, the next couple months will focus on non-fiction writing. Students will use strategies and knowledge gained from reading non-fiction to help them write non-fiction. This writing process will include students choosing a topic of interest, gathering information about this topic, and organizing the information to publish an informational report. We will spend time in class gathering and organizing information on students' chosen topics, so it will be extremely helpful for students to have at least two books on their chosen topic.

Students have chosen their topics and it is very important that students have at least 2 books on their chosen topic, otherwise it will be hard for them to write about it! We are currently reading through books and jotting down notes. Students will soon be deciding what structure & features they want to use for their book, and what would be helpful organizational techniques.

Students published their final report on Seesaw on March 21st. Next, they are creating a Google site as another way of publishing their information!

Opinion Writing
In this unit, students will support a point of view with reasons and information. Students gathered ideas by writing a variety of topic sentences and outlines. Next, students chose the seed idea they wanted to work on. We spent some time nurturing an idea by coming up with examples, lists, or stories to support each body paragraph. In the drafting & revising stage, students wrote 2 drafts. We had a publishing celebration on January 17.

Realistic fiction
In this writing unit, we will be revisiting the narrative writing strategies taught at the beginning of the year. Updates will be provided as we go through the writing process.

Gathering ideas
Students gathered ideas by using strategies such as reviewing personal narrative strategies, fictionalizing a true story, writing stories we want to read, and thinking of a problem.
Choosing a seed idea
Students should have a couple top seed ideas that they want to try out. They are deciding which seed idea is their best by using a checklist to see what elements of fictions they have, thinking about their character's traits, and trying out their character in a scene.
Nurturing our idea
For their seed ideas, students have drawn story mountains that map out how they want their stories to go. The different parts of the mountain are: the beginning, rising action, climax (usually the problem happens), falling action, and the ending (usually the solution occurs). Students are planning out each part of their story and will be ready to draft soon.
Drafting & revising
We are currently in the drafting and revising stage. Students have taken all the parts of their story mountain and written it out in a first draft. They are self and peer-revising their work to make sure they have included character traits, description, showing language, dialogue, and other story features.

Small Moment Stories
In just the first few weeks, students have worked on small moment stories. These are stories that are true, something big happened, and that occurred over a short period of time. We are using this writing unit to experience the writing process writers go through.