Writing Lesson
Table Of Contents

When getting ready to teach about the table of contents, we read a book in guided reading called "Let's Make Something New". It was all about a little girl who found a bottle and turned it into a bird feeder.

My students and I had a conversation about what they could make if they had some scraps of paper. They decided that they would make rockets. So, I gave them a few minutes to make a rocket.

We then talked about making books with tables of contents. I showed them several examples of TOC and talked about what would be in their TOC in their rocket book. They had great ideas! For example: launching, flying in space, and the launch pad.

We then thought of the title of their story based on the TOC ideas. Once they had the title and a basic outline, they numbered the pages in their book and started working.

It was an amazingly powerful lesson because they thought that they were "grown-up" and true authors.

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