Build the story one sentence at a time As the composition is built one sentence at a time, students copy it down.
During this time, the teacher integrates rules of composition. The day my pet spoke to me Who? My cat and I What? Relaxing Where?
At home When? In the evening Why? It had been a long day 33 One evening I was relaxing at home One evening I was relaxing at home.
My cat and I were watching television. It had been a long day, and I needed some time to wind down. In the beginning of our favorite show, a commercial came on for a brand of cat food I usually buy. This commercial had adorable little dancing cats. The cats were singing about the cat food. I thought it was cute, and I laughed out loud. During this commercial my cat got angry. He stood up and arched his back.
The hair on his back was standing up. He let out an ear-splitting scream. Just then, he started talking. He called the commercial foolish and snarled at the television.
My cat told me that brand of cat food was gross. Then he told me never to buy it again. I had always thought that he liked the stuff! Since that day my cat has not spoken again. I did stop buying that brand of cat food. But because of his ill-mannered hissing and growling, my cat has had a limit placed on his television time.
Yankee Stadium is a beautiful place. The beauty can be seen in the grass and Memorial Park, and it can be felt in the electricity in the air.
I love to visit there. One reason it is so beautiful is the grass. It is always frog-green. The lawn is manicured and perfectly cut. Weeds are prohibited from entering. Also, Memorial Park is a special place. One can view the plaques that have so delicately engraved in remembrance. There are jerseys to view that were well-worn by the greats. They have tattered, old baseballs which have priceless signatures.
The electricity in the air is beautiful, too. It is always there, and you can see it in the eyes of the children visiting. The shouting of the fans sounds like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to the ears of a baseball lover. One can sense the memory of greatness because their spirits live in the air at Yankee Stadium.
As one can see, Yankee Stadium is a beautiful place because of the grass, Memorial Park and the electricity in the air. You should catch a game today. My home is a special place. It is special because it has a fireplace, a big kitchen, and a porch. It is a wonderful place to live.
One reason my home is special is because I love my big kitchen. It has plenty of room to cook. There is a lot of room for all the food I like to eat. I like my large refrigerator most of all.
Also, my fireplace is wonderful. On chilly nights it keeps my warm as a mitten. I love to listen to the crackling. The smoky smell reminds me of the days when I go camping. Third, my home has a terrific porch. The porch is screened, which is lucky for me. I am a bug magnet! My porch is a great place for relaxing. Even on warm nights the porch is cool because you can enjoy the evening breezes. In summary, my home is special because it has a big kitchen, a fireplace and a porch.
Kids should get bigger allowances. Kids are always studying hard. We even use manners! One reason for a larger allowance is all the chores we do.
We take out stinky trash every night. Each student comes up with four examples of times when they had to be brave. The four examples here are getting shots, going through a car accident, riding a rollercoaster, or going through a bad storm. Other topics could include seeing a snake, going in a dark room, riding a bike the first time, flying, or being the new kid. Once topic ideas are chosen, then I have my kids think of related words.
This helps the kids think of ideas as well as words they may want to include. When your students are new to Four Square, it takes close monitoring to insure that they have a complete plan before they move to drafting. If your students are like mine, they'll try shortcuts. Once the routine is established though, they will see how much it helps them.
For students in first and second, the teacher may use the plan for outlining just one paragraph versus a full story with more detail. The example to the left is a primary example in my words. When modeling, I'd suggest projecting the four square form or printing the form as a poster. An additional rectangle is drawn in the center of the figure overlapping each of the other four squares. A total of five rectangles are thus created. The student writes a complete topic sentence in the center rectangle.
Then, the student writes three sentences that develop the thesis of the central topic, placing one in each of the following squares: upper-left, upper-right, and lower-left. The upper-left square contains the opening supportive sentence, and the next two squares contain other supporting information.
Complete Sentence: Box 2 Reason: We learn here. While class modeling it is best to teach this. But because of his ill-mannered hissing and growling, my cat has had a limit placed on his television time. Math 3. This helps the kids think of ideas as well as words they may want to include. Relaxing Where?
Recess As you can see, School is a great place because we learn, meet friends, and play. Also, Memorial Park is a special place. Read ex. Now we will transfer the sentences from the four blocks to lined paper for paragraph building. Share lunches 2.
Reason: We do experiments. We study numbers and addition for math.
Reading Comprehension: Have Ss create a 4-Square from a passage written by an author. As one can see, Yankee Stadium is a beautiful place because of the grass, Memorial Park and the electricity in the air.
Elaboration: tell more about the topic or tell what is so great about it. Finally, the student writes a summary sentence in the lower-right square. If writing blocks happen, talking it out makes a huge difference.
Simple things that can alleviate writing stress are examples to follow and a word bank of related words to support spelling. Additionally, little ones may need the boxes numbered to help them organize their thinking. Community Workers Resources Transportation The workers, resources, and transportation are important to a community. Indeed, it was the best birthday ever. While class modeling it is best to teach this.
For math we have to add and subtract. The upper-left square contains the opening supportive sentence, and the next two squares contain other supporting information.
I did stop buying that brand of cat food. After teaching students using the method, the students' writing scores increased by 49 percentage points in the first year.
Because writing takes time to develop, it seems we short change it. First, Learn 1. Also, my fireplace is wonderful. My cat and I What? We study numbers and addition for math. The upper-left square contains the opening supportive sentence, and the next two squares contain other supporting information.