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Dear Educator, In The Day the Crayons Quit the crayons have had enough Red is tired beige is. bored and black is just misunderstood Filled with charming illustrations and told in. letters from the crayons themselves this story is the perfect tool for teaching students the. art of persuasive writing, This guide aligned to Common Core State Standards grades K 5 will help you teach. your students how to effectively interpret evidence make an argument and analyze its. effect It will help empower your students to express an opinion be involved in decision. making and become proficient users of the English language. EACH PLAN HAS, A step by step guide to conduct the lesson a list of materials needed to complete the lesson. So have fun reading The Day the Crayons Quit with your students After all the crayons. deserve a voice,Your friends from Penguin School Library. TABLE OF CONTENTS,Page 3 Common Core Standards K 5.
Pages 4 5 Support the Crayons Campaign,Pages 6 7 Crayon Sentence Completion K 2. Page 8 Friendly Letter Writing Convincing Class Color 2 3. Page 9 Persuasive Writing Duncan Writes Back 4 5,Page 10 11 Persuasive Writing Find the OREO 3 5. This guide was written by Andrea Burinescu M A T Andrea was most recently a teacher at an independent school in White Plains NY. She previously worked as a 3rd grade teacher at an inclusion classroom in Needham MA. COMMON CORE STANDARDS ADDRESSED K 5, CCSS ELA Literacy W K 1 Use a combination of drawing dictating and writing to compose opinion pieces. in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or. preference about the topic or book e g My favorite book is. CCSS ELA Literacy W 1 1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they. are writing about state an opinion supply a reason for the opinion and provide some sense of closure. CCSS ELA Literacy W 2 1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing. about state an opinion supply reasons that support the opinion use linking words e g because and also. to connect opinion and reasons and provide a concluding statement or section. CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts supporting a point of view with reasons. CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1a Introduce the topic or text they are writing about state an opinion and create. an organizational structure that lists reasons, CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1b Provide reasons that support the opinion. CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1c Use linking words and phrases e g because therefore since for example. to connect opinion and reasons, CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1d Provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts supporting a point of view with. reasons and information, CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1a Introduce a topic or text clearly state an opinion and create an organizational. structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer s purpose. CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details. CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1c Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases e g for instance in. order to in addition, CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts supporting a point of view with reasons. and information, CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1a Introduce a topic or text clearly state an opinion and create an organizational. structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer s purpose. CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1b Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details. CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1c Link opinion and reasons using words phrases and clauses. e g consequently specifically, CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. SUPPORT THE CRAYONS, The Crayons Need Your Support On September 30th join in the campaign.
to SUPPORT THE CRAYONS with your classroom and library. HOLD A READ ALOUD, Read The Day The Crayons Quit with your students and patrons Talk. about why the crayons have had enough and why they are threatening. to quit If you are participating school wide assign different classrooms. different colors and have the teacher or a selected student that letter to. read aloud Incorporate questions and answers and add humor where. you can Make the read aloud interactive and fun,CREATE A DEBATE. There are a lot of different discussions that,you and your students and patrons can have. Which color has the strongest argument,Which color should paint the sun Why. Are any of the arguments based on facts,Remember this is a day of FUN so don t.
keep score Enjoy the process of building an,argument with a group and expressing it. HOST A PEP RALLY,Split the students and patrons into groups by. color providing them with material to create,signs similar to the ones in the book Have. them make up fun chants and give each,color the opportunity to show their signs. ON SEPTEMBER 30 TH,COLOR YOUR SCHOOL OR LIBRARY, The crayons seem to be upset because they are being used for the same.
purpose So free the crayons Give them a chance to express themselves. Providing students and patrons with a large piece of craft paper let. everyone color a different part of a community wide mural Use the colors. in non traditional ways Make the clouds purple and the sun blue Let. black do something other than an outline When the mural is complete. hang it up in your classroom or library with the headline WE SUPPORT. THE CRAYONS,FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN FROM,Use the hashtag supportthecrayons. on facebook and twitter and see,what other schools libraries and. bookstores are doing to support,the crayons,is Crayons. Chime in on Facebook com PenguinClassroom and, Twitter com PenguinClass with your group s participation and visit. penguin com oliverjeffers for new ideas for next September. CRAYON SENTENCE COMPLETION K 2, Length 30 minutes Topic Introduction to Persuasive Writing Structure.
Common Core Standards CCSS ELA Literacy W K 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 1 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 2 1. I OBJECTIVE Students will be able to generate persuasive responses by completing sentences that state. their opinion and provide a reason example and closure. II PREPARATION, Purpose The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the structure of a persuasive writing piece opinion. statement reason example and conclusion, The Day the Crayons Quit Crayons for Scissors Crayon shaped template. each student See next page, III PROCEDURE Introduce the book The Day the Crayons Quit. In this story we will read about a boy named Duncan He finds a stack of letters. written to him by his crayons Let s read to find out what they have to say. Read the story stopping to ask questions and make comments Identify instances. of persuasion Ask students to restate why each crayon is unhappy. After reading the book introduce the word persuasive to the class Define it. for the students Explain that each crayon was trying to persuade Duncan to use it. differently and reference specific examples from the text Elicit or tell students. The crayons letters worked Duncan learned to use each crayon a little bit to make. a colorful and creative picture, Now it is the students turn to be persuasive Provide crayons to the students Ask the. students to choose their favorite color crayon from the box Now students will have. to fill in the blanks on the crayon shaped template stating their opinion giving a. reason providing an example and concluding This may also be done orally using. the teacher as a scribe, Students can color the top and bottom of the crayon Consider making a yellow crayon.
box poster similar to a Crayola box Assemble the students crayons together to create. the look of a crayon box as a way to display the student s work. I like the best,CONCLUSION,is the best crayon in the box. FRIENDLY LETTER WRITING CONVINCING CLASS COLOR 2 3. Length 45 minutes Topic Persuasive Writing Friendly Letter Writing. Common Core Standards CCSS ELA Literacy W 2 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1b. I OBJECTIVE Students will be able to compose persuasive text in a friendly letter format. II PREPARATION, Purpose The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to generate persuasive. reasons and examples to support their opinions, The Day the Crayons Quit 4 crayon colors selected Paper and pencils for. by the teacher each student, III PROCEDURE Define the word persuasive for students giving examples and eliciting examples from the. class Introduce the book The Day the Crayons Quit, In this story we will read about a boy named Duncan The crayons in his crayon box have some.
complaints They will try to persuade Duncan to use them differently Let s read and be on the lookout. for persuasive language the crayons use, Read the story stopping to ask questions and make comments Locate instances of persuasion. and ask students to be detectives and identify examples of persuasion during the read aloud. Consider keeping a list of persuasive words and phrases on a chart Students might refer to this. chart when drafting their own letters later in the lesson. After reading the story tell the class that they will be electing a class color They will have to. choose between four colors Choose four colors from a crayon box Put one crayon in each. corner Ask students to move to the corner that has the crayon they think should represent the. class color, Students in each corner should brainstorm a list of reasons why the color they chose is. best Students should also make a list of different examples symbols of the color. Students will use the notes from their brainstorming session and the class generated. persuasive words and phrases chart to compose a friendly letter with the purpose of. convincing the teacher or class why his or her color should be the class color Begin by. reviewing the friendly letter format Keep this posted for students to refer to as they write. Encourage students to use at least three reasons and examples in their letters Students will edit. and revise with teacher support, Students may choose to share their final drafts with the class Once students have read their. letters aloud take a class vote,PERSUASIVE WRITING DUNCAN WRITE BACK 4 5. Length 45 minutes Topic Persuasive Writing in Response to a Read Aloud Text. Common Core Standards CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1b CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1c. CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1d CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1b. CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1c CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1d,I OBJECTIVE.
Students will be able to generate an opinion piece of writing in response to a persuasive text. II PREPARATION, Purpose The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to generate counter arguments. to a persuasive text, The Day the Crayons Quit 4 crayon colors selected Paper and pencils for. by the teacher each student, III PROCEDURE Define the word persuasive for students giving examples and eliciting examples from the. class Introduce the book The Day the Crayons Quit, In this story a boy named Duncan finds a stack of letters written to him by his crayons They are writing. to persuade Duncan to use them differently Let s read to find out what persuasive words and phrases. they use and if it works, Read the story stopping to ask questions and make comments Identify instances of persuasion and ask.
students to be detectives by locating examples of persuasion during the read aloud Consider keeping a list. of persuasive words and phrases on a chart They might refer to this chart when drafting their own letters. later in the lesson Red grey green blue and pink are the best pages for this. After reading the story tell students that they will take on the role of Duncan They will write counter arguments. to the crayons Define a counter argument Refer to the counter arguments made by the yellow and orange. crayons regarding the true color of the sun as an example. Allow students to choose one of the crayons from the story preferably one of the colors listed above They. should reread the page and generate a list of counter arguments to include in their response Review the. format of persuasive text The first sentence should state an opinion The next sentences should provide. reasons that support the opinion The reasons should be followed by examples Students should wrap up. with a closing statement that clearly counters the crayon s letter. Once students have revised and edited their writing they can share it with the class. Consider compiling the writing into a class book entitled The Day the Crayons Went Back to Work. PERSUASIVE WRITING FIND THE OREO 3 5, Length 30 minutes Topic Decomposing the elements in a persuasive text. Common Core Standards CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1b CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1c. CCSS ELA Literacy W 3 1d CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1b CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1c. CCSS ELA Literacy W 4 1d CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1 CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1a CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1b CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1c. CCSS ELA Literacy W 5 1d, I OBJECTIVE Students will be able to locate the opinion reasons examples and conclusion in persuasive texts. A guide to LETTER WRITING for grades K 5 aligned to Common Core State Standards AN EDUCATOR S GUIDE TO PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP penguinclassroom com PenguinClass PenguinClassroom TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 3 Common Core Standards K 5 Pages 4 5 Support the Crayons Campaign Pages 6 7 Crayon Sentence Completion K 2 Page 8 Friendly Letter Writing Convincing Class Color 2

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