Today's topic is a favorite writing mini lesson. I have so many, so it was tough just picking one....but....I decided on one of my MOST FAVORITE lessons: Using Onomatopoeia in our Writing!
Many of my fourth graders already know what onomatopoeia is, but they don't use it in their writing. To get my kids excited about this skill and to encourage them to use it in their own writing, I start by reading a favorite book: Honey...Honey...Lion by Jan Brett (one of my favorite authors!). There are some amazing examples of onomatopoeia in this book! So, I use this book as a mentor text to show how the author uses onomatopoeia.
As I read the book aloud, the students have a graphic organizer pasted in their writer's notebooks to record the onomatopoeia words they hear. Then, after I have finished reading, we share the onomatopoeia we heard and create an anchor chart. The anchor chart can then be hung on the wall, and the students can add other examples of onomatopoeia that they find in their own books. I end the mini lesson by encouraging my students to use some of these words in their writing to make their stories come alive. The students turn to a story they have already written and their writer's notebooks and they try to revise it by adding in onomatopoeia words. At the end of writing, we share out how we revised and used this new skill.
Here is the graphic organizer that they paste in their notebooks. It can be used with any book! Click on it to download it for FREE!
Do you have any other ideas for teaching students to use onomatopoeia in their writing?
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