...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!
Read "The Important Book" and have them write one about themselves! First, do a class book together about why the class/grade/year is special to model the process. Then have them each write one. I've done this before, and it worked well.
Rita, I know you posted this a couple of years ago, but would you please provide more details about your lesson? It sounds like a wonderful way to start the year. I am a 4th grade teacher in CA hoping to improve my writing instruction and implementing some of the WritingFix ideas and lessons. I'm working on stocking my classroom with a few good mentor texts to use with 6-Traits writing instruction. Thx!
I love my "Giving Hands/Taking Hands" lesson for the first week of school: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Giving-Hands-and-Taking-Hands.htm
The year before, we did the "Presenting Me!" lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Presenting-Me.htm
I hope those help.