Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
5. Graphic Organizer or Fill-in-the-Blank Exercise: Teaching Expository Text Structures Using Fictional Characters (First Grade)
Enter Mrs. Walker’s first grade classroom where students invited Herman the Helper (an octopus who is the main character in their weekly shared-reading story; see Krause, 1987) into their daily lives. Mrs. Walker used prewriting and shared writing to introduce expository paragraph writing to her students. Students were encouraged to follow the model of topic sentence, three supporting detail sentences, and conclusion sentence in their paragraph.