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Primary Units of Study-Lucy Calkins January 26, 2009

I’ve had an ongoing book study of Primary Units of Study by Lucy Calkins at the elementary school with kindergarten, first, and half the second grade. One of their building goals to have writing instruction happening in their K-3 classrooms everyday for at least 30 minutes. This past Monday the group had the opportunity to spend half a day with Literacy Guru (my name for her, not her own) Carol. Carol is a retired Language Arts Coordinator from a suburban district and Literacy Consultant. She is also one of the most positive people you can ever hope to meet and has an amazing way of bringing you around to her way of thinking while feeling great about yourself!

The week was going to continue with the opportunity for Carol to model a Writing lesson in a classroom with other teachers watching and then time to discuss what they observed. With the lovely Ohio weather and temperatures, we didn’t get as far as we planned, but will continue the following week.

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey is being used as the mentor text for the writing lessons. For those who are familiar with Units of Study for Primary Writers. This is a modified lesson from Launching where the little booklets are introduced (I think Lesson 11).

Click to play The Paperboy
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3 Responses to “Primary Units of Study-Lucy Calkins”

  1. [...] Links to How-To Ideas Posted on 03/30/2009 by debrennersmith  http://bestbookihavenotread.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/primary-units-of-study-lucy-calkins/ [...]

  2. Deb Barry Says:

    I am desperately trying to find a way to purchase 2 of the books from the Primary Untis of Study (K-2) curriculum. I need book 1 – Launching the Writing Workshop and book 2- Small Moments. I have looked at several websites but they only offer the entire set. Do you have any suggestions for finding a way to purchase these individual books? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!

    • bestbookihavenotread Says:

      I would check Amazon’s used book section or try your friendly Heinemann rep. I’ve seen Heinemann have a teacher preview of UOS that includes Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Writing and Small Moments books.


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