Being a Writer
3rd Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of being a writer.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about writing and writers.
• Explore and apply understanding of the concept of being a writer.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of being a writer.
• Orally use words that identify different methods and types of writing.
• Extend oral vocabulary by discussing ways to write.
• Use key concept words [write, writer, fiction, nonfiction, type, computer, inspiration].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about being a writer:
• The differences fiction and non• fiction.
• The tools used by writers.
• That writers draw inspiration for their writing from their daily experience.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What are the people in this photograph looking at? (books on a shelf, books in a store or library).
• Ask students: Where do books come from? Who makes them? (writers write books).
• Say: Writers write stories that are turned into the books you see on the shelf. Writers use many tools to create their work, and often they write about things that happen to them in real life. What are some of your favorite stories? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them that writers can write fiction or non• fiction using a variety of tools. Always have the students discuss their favorite type of writing.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to discuss their favorite way to write, i.e., a favorite room in which to write, a favorite writing tool, and so forth. After the second game, have them discuss the kinds of things they like to write about.
Close• Ask students: Can you think of a story you'd like to write?
• Summarize for students that they can write about anything. Writing that is based upon real things is called nonfiction. Writing that is based on imagination, such as fairy tales, is called fiction. Encourage students to think about what inspires them.