My firsties read The Kite from Days with Frog and Toad. While doing so, we worked on problem and solution. Therefore, our writing about the story was to write a summary to tell the characters, the setting, the problem, and the solution. I created a simple writing page with a picture of Frog and Toad. Since the copy machine only prints in black and white, the students were able to color in their picture of Frog and Toad when they were finished.
We made a list of possible titles for our writing, rather than just The Kite. I told them that this is not the actual story, it's just a little information about The Kite to make other people want to read the story. As a class, we discussed and made a list of titles we could use for our writing assignment and then the students picked their favorite for their writing page. Then, we discussed how the by is not the author's name, but their name because they wrote this particular summary (whatever they chose to title theirs).
The requirements for the paragraph were to give the name of the story, the author's name, the main characters, the setting, the problem, and the solution. They each had a web to fill out, which they worked on themselves before we gathered as a class to complete the web. Then, they turned their web details into sentences. Finally, they organized the sentences into an order that makes sense and wrote on their writing paper. It's pretty simple, but here is the writing paper they used.
*UPDATE: I am SO excited that I finally figured out how to put up a document on Google Docs and actually have it appear how it is supposed to and therefore be able to post it onto my blog to share! Yay for learning more about this whole blogging thing!*
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