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6 Best Writing Lessons Ever

Detail Series #3: Golden Bricks

Kylene Reed
January 31, 2021

The end of my detail lessons features The Golden Bricks. These lessons can be found in your Grade Level Empowering Writers Guide in the Research section. This skill is pretty simple to model and use in our writing. I just quickly created a handout for my students to use as they are planning out the pieces to their essay.

Then I modeled how I would use this as a detail sentence. I had one student give me a  detail from each main idea and then we talked about which of the GBs would be the best to support it. I showed them how to go and research for it on the internet and then we used the sentence starters, also provided in the guide, to start the detail sentences together. These details will end up being more than one sentence since the GB supports the detail that you are writing about. The last example shows how it would sound all together. And might I just add... LOVE how that detail turned out. As a class, we were struggling to think of how we could include a statistic or amazing fact, something different. Then one of my sweet girls said, "What if we start with the number of kids in Africa that don't get to go to school." It just all evolved from there! 

M-O-D-E-L-I-N-G... this is where you are having conversations with your students and building your relationship! I love days when we get to write together like this.

Here is another sample from a different class period. Same process, different ideas!

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