Gnomes Read, Write, and Think

"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods…” -JK Rowling

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Reading more, writing more



The first few days

We’ve been busy learning all the new routines and tricks of fifth grade!


Understanding the Difference


Structuring a Memoir


Choosing and Growing Seeds


Expecting Depth in Writing


Bringing Out the Theme


Editing Sentences

Opinion Writing

Here is the prompt for our opinion/argument pre-assessment:

Think of a topic or issue that you know and care about, an issue around which you have strong feelings. You will have 45 minutes to write an opinion or argument text in which you will write your opinion or claim and tell reasons why you feel that way.

When you do this, draw on everything you know about essays, persuasive letters, and reviews. If you want to find and use information from a book or another outside source, you may bring that with you tomorrow.

Please keep in mind that you will have 45 minutes to plan, draft, revise, and edit in one sitting.

In your writing, make sure you…

Write an introduction

State your opinion or claim

Give reasons and evidence

Organize your writing

Acknowledge counterclaims

Use transition words

Write a conclusion

Information Writing Celebration

Welcome parents!

Thank you for joining us for our information writing celebration!

As you look at each piece of work, please feel free to ask the author questions about their process or topic.

Your presence here is so important to these writers! Please leave an I See You message for students that gives them feedback on their writing. Using the information writing checklist for ideas may help you give compliments that students can use to move forward as writers!


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