Dear Janney 5th Grade Writing Friends,
As we end our year together, we just want to take a moment to reflect on a few things we learned with you this year. Our favorite part of being your writing teachers was the many genres we were able to write – personal narrative, realistic fiction, essay, nonfiction history, nonfiction science, memoir and poetry. We will never forget the following moments that helped us to be better writers:
· Using these mentor texts to inspire our writing:
· Watching these videos to inspire our writing:
o Video of Lucy Calkins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO29k1-RvsA
§ We learned that we must honor our writing by reading it like it is gold and listening to it because it can change the world.
o Blind man video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6gEMGuPzxg
§ We learned that the word choices we make in our writing can change the way people react to our writing.
o Scene from Apollo 13 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgHYGw9OL7c
§ We learned the importance of following a checklist to make our writing soar, just like the Apollo 13 crew followed their checklist to get the rocket to soar into space.
o Scene from The Wizard of Oz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D8PAGelN8
§ We learned that writing can make us feel like Dorothy, “…not in Kansas anymore”!
· Meeting these professional writers who inspired us to keep writing:
o George O’Connor http://www.olympiansrule.com/
o Gail Carson Levine https://gailcarsonlevine.com/
o Judith Viorst http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Judith-Viorst/707395
· Using these tools when writing:
o Our writing notebook and computer
o Orally rehearsing our writing ideas
o The Slice of Life writing challenge in March
As this 5th grade school year ends, know that we are so proud of you. We saw you grow as a writer, while also growing as readers, mathematicians, scientists, historians and as kind friends in our community. Enjoy your summer. Take some time to read and write! Be sure to complete the writing process – immersion, generate ideas, draft, revise, edit and publish – often; this summer, next year in Middle School, in High School, in College and in your life-work. Through writing, we come to understand our thinking and when we make our writing public, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
Mrs. Donnelly and Ms. Osterman