Thinking, Thinking, Thinking!

Ideas are the heart of the message, the content of the piece, and themain theme.


Ideas are the heart of writing. The purpose of this section is to help students generate ideas for writing. The lessons assist students to explore the ideas of authors using mentor texts, and to discover unique writing ideas in their own lives


Each of the books in the series has lessons appropriate to that grade level. Here are some of the lesson topics for First Grade:


• Lesson 2: My Idea Bank (page 67)

• Lesson 5: My Expert List (page 74)

• Lesson 7: People I Love (page 80)


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Getting to the Core of Writing, Level 1