Creating Ideas

My Authority List

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Jan McNeel and Richard Gentry model in this tutorial how to create ideas for writing in a lesson called My Authority List in a Fourth Grade class. Using the Ideas chapter of Getting To the Core of Writing, Grade 4, Jan works with a whole class and a small group. She revisits creating ideas as an important trait of quality writing and reintroduces Ida the Idea Creator. Watch how students generate lots of wonderful ideas for writing by the end of the lesson.