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Writing a Cooperative Paragraph

Grade Level Grades K-2
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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In this video, Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava walks her students through a cooperative paragraph summarizing the beginning, middle, and end Burro's Tortillas and uses the exercise as an opportunity to practice their writing skills. Also included are two videos on 1st grade writing and writing rubrics. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL1.7, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, L.1.2, W.1.3


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.


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