After getting excited about Salmon on our recent field trip, we are now tying our Informational Writing unit to our migration PBL! Upon selecting up to 3 salmon subtopics, we are beginning to plan, write and eventually create a book or brochure as a salmon migration expert! The first few steps involve the many different ways we can plan and organize our writing into subtopics, using an outline, cause and effect chart, pro and con chart, or mind map. My personal favorite is the mind map as it shows how different subtopics and ideas can be interconnected! Next steps will be writing a hook to grab the reader's attention using questions, visualization, an interesting fact, or perhaps a letter to the reader!
Crafting our HOOK! Grabbing the Reader's Attention!
After organizing and planning our Informational Writing and subtopics, we gathered a small library of nonfiction mentor texts to help us examine how author's write an intro that is interesting and makes you want to read more. Upon noting down these strategies, we sought to write the intro to our book using one or more of such strategies!