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Imitating Writing

This is something I’ve tried to do with my 6th graders this year, but I think I need to take it up a notch.

We use a model sentence from a novel each week to look at and imitate in our own writing. I pick a sentence that has the english grammar skill that I want to focus on.

I got this idea from Jeff Anderson’s books on writing and grammar.

It’s a great way to show students what good writing looks like while also covering the standards.

It’s a popular concept/instructional strategy that has been missing in my classroom, but I’m trying to incorporate it. All the EXPERTS say it’s great. See what Penny Kittle, author of Book Love had to say about it on twitter!

Copied from the #nctechat on twitter. (That I missed tonight!)

Never hesitate to imitate another writer. Imitation is part of the creative process for anyone learning an art or a craft.~Zinsser #nctechat

How do you show your students good examples of writing?

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