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postheadericon The Snowy Day: Writing with Written Expression



Who doesn't love the book, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats? 

  This book is a perfect resource for writing sentences using our Written Expression Curriculum. 



I started this lesson by reading the book aloud to my students. I asked them to think about all the actions that Peter does in the story and when and where those actions take place.

The second time, I read the story again, but paused to talk about what Peter does and when and where the actions take place. 

Next, we return to the teacher table to begin the writing process. 



I give each student a blank graphic organizer. 


written expression gr org 3 column


The students begin with the first column. Who is this about? We are writing about Peter. We can also refer to him as "He." The students write both words in the first column. 

Next we go to the second column. The four triangles asks us to think about the actions in the story. What does Peter do in the story? The students tell me he runs, he made snow angels, he walked, and he built a snowman. Some of these phrases would work with the "What" expander. However, we have not taught the "what expander" and how to use it yet, so for today, the students are allowed to use this in their verb column. 

Last, we talk about "Where" and 
"When" these actions happen? 

Peter runs where? In the snow! The students have built the sentence: Peter runs in the snow. 

Peter made snow angels when? In the morning! The kids have built their second sentence: Peter made snow angels in the morning. 

Their third sentence: He walked in the crowd of snow. 

Their fourth sentence: 

He built a big snowman outside. 


When we are done brainstorming, the students graphic oragnizer looks like this: 





I am no longer modeling how to write a good sentence. The kids know how to write a sentence, but I always take the time to remind them how to write a great sentence.

To review what a good setence has and looks like, I refer to my pocket chart and I ask the students to share what we know about sentences:

My pocket chart looks like this:


A good sentence has:

Uppercase letter

Spaces between words

Ends in a period



Expander: Where or When



Now, we are ready to write!

The kids get their writing paper and are eager to write. 

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We are done writing and they have done a great job! 








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