Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development is widely discussed, but I like to think about when I choose writing topics for my students. I often think about their development and how it will affect their writing. Reading about moral development helps me think about how my students form their opinions and how it influences their writing as a whole.
Don't forget about the structure of writing! The video reminds us the necessary parts of 5th grade writing such as indentation, thesis statements, and proper structure. It's a fun video to change the pace of the classroom and remind students of what expectations we have for their writing beyond the content.
This graphic organizer is similar to the OREO graphic organizer, but the double stuff OREO gives two reasons and examples. I will usually use this organizer after my students have practiced writing later in the year.
This is my students' favorite graphic organizer. I use the basic OREO graphic organizer when I'm working with lower grades or when I really want my 5th graders to focus on vocabulary, linking words/transitions. Beware: students will expect to get an OREO after completing their organizer.
This presentation has great resources with graphic organizers, linking words, and topics. I particularly find the any resources with linking words helpful because I like to show my fifth graders different linking or transition words to vary their sentence structure.
This shows the Common Core Standards for 5th Grade Writing. I like to refer back to the page to make sure my lessons are on standard. I will often copy the standard onto my writing assignments so parents can see how this assignment is reflective of the Common Core Standards.