Hamburger Writing

This writing organizer helps the students when writing non-fiction.  A hamburger graphic organizer is a great way to structure non-fiction writing.  Just like a real hamburger, the more condiments and toppings {details}, the better the hamburger {writing}.  In writing, the more details the better the writing.

I introduce it by showing them a hamburger that looks like this {we then talk about what comes to mind when we see it}

 Then I show my students the nice, delicious-looking hamburger like this {We talk about what we think about it when we look at it}:

We make a list of items we need to make a delicious hamburger. 

Now for the writing part!  I tell them that our writing is like a hamburger. The more details we put, the more fun it is to read!  Today, we are just talking about a few parts of the hamburger to help us write non-fiction.  I show them this graphic organizer and we talk about the parts:

We make our own hamburger to remember all of the parts of our delicious writing. {Each student makes one. I pre-cut all of the pieces of construction paper and give each student a paper plate- they writing the key words on each part of the hamburger}

Then, I give the students their own graphic organizers to brainstorm items. On the graphic organizer they don't have to write sentences. They just write one word or phrase for each part of the hamburgers. We brainstorm some topics and then I set them free!

The next day, we turn those graphic organizer words into sentences.  I introduce it by doing a shared writing. We wrote about rainbows together. Then, I let them use their organizers from the day before and they wrote their own non-fiction story and illustrated it! 

When you are all finished, you can eat hamburgers! 
Buy the mini ones in the frozen section of the grocery store.

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