This week in writing workshop the students are learning how to write to inform. They are learning that when providing information about a topic that the information should be true and not based off of opinions. I told the children that they were going to write a biography about someone in their class. I asked them to think about someone in the room that they wish they could know more about. They were given their partners and then asked to come up with interesting questions that they want to know about their partner. After we discussed which type of questions to ask, the students started their interviews.
In reading workshop we discussed some techniques that help us make a good inference about our story. We talked about using clues from the story to support our ideas. Some students are still learning that to make a good inference you need to be able to support your ideas with proof from the story, not just coming up with what you would want the characters to be doing.