Susan O'Hanian - Common Core fulfillment mania strikes again, with a lesson on informative/expository writing that tries to make eight-year-olds sound like bankers.
Warning: They may forever lose their voices in the process.
We're told that this lesson satisfies this Common Core Standard.
There's a handout where kids can check off that they have used these words (Tell students that linking/transition words can be used to tie all their paragraphs together. This helps keep the flow for readers. Share with students that linking/transition words are a lot like using glue. Using linking/transition words to connect ideas is a Review Focus Skill. . . .
List of Linking/Transition Words
To Show Order
To Add Information:
To Indicate a Purpose or Reason
in hope that
in order to
with this in mind
all in all
as a result
to sum up
It is perverse to encourage eight-year-olds to write this way. I just turned in a 3,750 word essay for English Journal. I didn't use a single one of these words. This is not how writers writer. It may well be how bankers write, but I think it's worse than misguided to foist this on to third graders. Third graders have a wonderful sense of voice, and to deliberately set out to stifle this voice, to bury it in formalism, is worse than a mistake: it's a crime.