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Rootbeer Writing

Scherie Hritz-Atwell

Description

Make writing more thirst quenching. Using IBC Rootbeer, watch introductions, bodies, and conclusions within the paper become more delightful.

Objectives

The student creates a logical organizational pattern appropriate to expository writing (including beginning, middle, end).

Materials

-IBC Rootbeer
-Chart paper
-Markers

Preparations

1. Purchase IBC Rootbeer

Procedures

Day 1

1. Begin the lesson by displaying a bottle of IBC Rootbeer. Ask students what they know about IBC Rootbeer. List thoughts on chart paper.

2. Write the words introduction, body, and conclusion on chart paper.

3. Correlate the letters IBC with writing an introduction, body and conclusion of writing to explain. (Expository)

4. Explain and list the following criteria needed for a good introduction on chart paper. Students should include statistics about themselves. For example, name, age, place of birth, etc.

5. Explain and list the following criteria needed for a detailed body on chart paper. Students should include their hobbies or interests and what they spend their time doing outside of school.

6. Explain and list the following criteria needed for a good conclusion on chart paper. Students should include educational and personal goals for their lives.

7. Using the overhead, model writing an introduction, body, and conclusion using yourself.

8. Begin writing introduction about yourself on overhead with help and suggestions from students.

Day 2

1. Review the IBC Rootbeer method of writing to explain by discussing introduction, body, and conclusion using the criteria discussed and listed on the chart paper from day 1.

3. Students independently create their own IBC Writing to Explain Papers.

Assessments

Students create an IBC Writing to Explain Paper including an introduction, body, and conclusion about themselves. Assess the organization of the paper. The introduction should include 5 to 6 sentences about themselves. (Name, age, birthday, place of birth, etc.) The body paragraph should also be 5 to 6 sentences including hobbies, and interests. The conclusion paragraph should be 5 to 6 sentences and should include personal and educational goals. (What I want to do when I grow up.) Formatively assess the writing and offer feedback and an additional opportunity for students to revise their papers.

Extensions

1. Students create an IBC Book using their papers. The book will have three pages: the introduction page, body page, and the conclusion page. Students create covers for book.

2. Have an IBC Rootbeer float party. Bring in IBC Rootbeer and vanilla ice cream to create floats as a culminating activity.

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