Monday, March 3, 2008

Hot Spot


Today we are focusing on the HOT SPOT of an article. This idea was adapted from Ralph Fletcher's Writing Workshop, the Essential Guide. Fletcher talks about identifying the HOT SPOT of a story as a writer. We looked at using this same skill as a reader.

We used our Scholastic News, and tried to find one or two sentences in each article that contained the gist of the article. Usually these included at least two W's. This
HOT SPOT is the key to comprehending the article. We also discussed the importance of slowing down and thinking about this part of an article, because this is the most important section.

Students skimmed each of five articles, and then highlighted what they felt was the section that contained the key. Then, we used the doc camera to project articles and discussed the differing opinions, until we decided on the
HOT SPOT for each article.

9 comments:

Josh P. said...

Trying to find the hot spot was kind of tricky but fun. It was tricky because it looked like there were so many possibilities.

Molly V. said...

I live right by woods where there are coyotes at night. Katie, Kari, Jessie, and I have our own place that is a part of those woods that we call rock candy mountain. Yesterday, my dad went up to rock candy mountain and killed a coyote.

:(

Molly V. said...

oh, and if you wondering what my last comment has to do with hot spot, it would be because there was an article about killing wolves and other stuff!

emily snyder said...

I like finding the hot spot because its essay and kinda fun. I think we should do this more often.

Anonymous said...

I think finding the hot spot is kind of fun but kind of hard because you could pick the wrong detail/ what you think is the hot spot because there are so many places where the hot spot could be.

Chris .L said...

Working on the hot spot was tricky and hard, but alot of fun.Thanks for showing us Mr McGuire.

chris t said...

Finding the host spot in a article pretty difficult but at the same time easy. I don't know how to describe it. It was really fun trying to find the hot spot.

Connor H. said...

I think finding the Hot Spot was fun because we got to work with a partner.
I thought that was fun!

Dimitri said...

I agree with OR (Connor).