This chart was created to help students form a topic sentence for analysis. This chart was created with literature in mine, but could be modified to work with informational text as well. The fourth graders (the first grade that has this standard) that worked on this chart had never analyzed written to analyze literature. Most of their writing about books had been in the form of book reviews or summaries.
Teaching with this chart:
- I began by telling students that a topic sentence had to announce what you plan to say about this book. In older grades, I transition to the word thesis. You may consider doing that with fourth graders as well.
- Next, I tell students that all they need is one topic sentence, but that this sentence contains three different parts.
- I list the parts on the chart and describe each step. I spend a lot of time on step two. I want students to recognize the different verbs and understand what each means.
- Next, I created the sentence shown here, naming each part as I added it. Then, I put students in pairs and asked them to come up with their own sentence for analysis of a few different books that we have already read as a class.
- After ten minutes of talking and writing, I had students come back together and share ideas, taking turns replacing my Maniac Magee example with their own ideas. We spent the rest of the period experimenting with this.