This week, we are excited to have Margarita Robledo as our guest blogger. Below she will share a little bit about herself and a writing lesson she created. Enjoy!
My name is Margarita Robledo, I am a versatile professional with a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in bilingual education (Spanish – English). I have more than twenty years of experience working with International Schools, both as a self-contained Spanish and English teacher. I have been working with The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) for fifteen years.
I am currently teaching fourth grade at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary School in North Carolina, and I have been working with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools since 2012. The professional experience that I have acquired here has been truly fulfilling.
My background in this dual language school has been very enriching for my professional career. I had the opportunity to be part of a team that produced, evaluated and implemented Biliteracy units of study. I would like to share with you all an exemplary writing lesson I planned for my fourth-grade class.
Writing Lesson: Personal Narratives
|Common Core Writing standards:
W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
|Key Vocabulary: Personal narrative, develop, experiences, events, effective technique, descriptive details, sequence|
|Activity 2: Generating Ideas
Content Objective: Students generate possible ideas for writing a personal narrative. Students identify the features of a personal narrative.
Language Objective: Students list important moments, events, and people in their lives for their future narratives using a graphic organizer.
Assessment 2: Today, we will be like the real writers. Let’s brainstorm and complete a graphic organizer about important events, people, places or things in our life. This will lead to future personal narratives. You can include ideas from when you were little, things that you like to share with your family, moments and special people.
|Summarizing strategy: Exit Ticket
|School Involvement: The following letter was sent to the school staff. The students will either hear the teachers telling their narratives or read the written examples done by teachers.
The 4th Grade is working on writing personal narratives, and we need your help! We would like you to come and share some examples of your personal narratives! If you have time to write one or already have an example of one please bring it. We would love for you to come to our class and read them to the kids. Please print it out and bring it so we can let the kids use it later for ideas. If you would like to participate, we will be working on this during our Writing Workshop time every day from 9:00 to 10:00 or 10:20 to 11:20 during this month.
Please email me and let me know if you can help support us!
This lesson can be seen in the video below. The video also includes me teaching a writing small group, students writing independently, and more!
I hope you enjoyed watching my lesson on personal narratives!
4th Grade Teacher at FPG Bilingüe