I am well on my way to reading my first book of the summer: Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle. I promised myself I'd blog about it in a few weeks.
One activity I shared at MRA in April was the list of "Verbs Writers Do." I try to teach all of these verbs: what they look like and what they accomplish in a paper. Students read a model text and label what the writer is "doing" in each paragraph. It's a kind of simplified "says/does analysis" or "says/does/because" analysis.
I hope to do this classroom routine with more regularity this new school year. My kids need me to explicitly model the verb and examples of it.
states a proposition
provides an example
offers a hypothesis
reveals an opinion
states a fact
reveals a bias
Enjoy! Let me know if you come up with any good lessons on this idea.