I believe in doing alot of shared writing. Writer's Workshop is great and I use that too but for some third graders, WW time is HARD! They need support in organizing ideas, formulating sentences and composing paragraphs. One way to help them along is with thinking maps or organizers. Here is an example of a shared writing we did about the Declaration of Independence. We first used the mind map and then took those basic ideas to create a paragraph using the hamburger template.
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