Thursday, April 21, 2011

Author's Purpose-With an Easter Twist

I posted a couple of days ago about my Author's Purpose lesson.  To reinforce learning, today  my students created a writing piece about Easter eggs.  They were randomly given the task to write either a persuasive, informative, or entertainment piece about Easter eggs.  They did an amazing job!  Some persuasive pieces were why you should dye and/or buy Easter eggs.  One student wrote an informative piece about the health benefits of eating Easter eggs, and two students teamed up to write a very creative story about a child who had the choice to go to an Easter Egg Hunt or a friend's birthday party.  After feeling very conflicted, the child decided to hold an Easter Egg Hunt during the birthday party. 

I was so pleased with their writing efforts, yet disappointed that I didn't leave much time to complete the task.  With Spring Break and Easter looming, we just did not have enough time to dedicate to this assignment.  Next year, I will leave a good two weeks prior to Easter to edit and publish final drafts.  It definitely is a great learning activity to link reading and writing.  And it will make a super-cute Spring bulletin board!

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