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Shared Curricular Calendar for Units of Study in Writing April 27, 2009

Shared Curricular Calendar for Units of Study in Writing (Assuming use of Calkins’ Units of Study for Primary Writing and Units of Study for Teaching Writing Grades 3-5  as backbone)

First

September

Launching
the Writing Workshop

October

Small
Moments

November

Writing
for Readers

December

Authors as
Mentors

January

How To
Books

February

All About
Books

March

 

Independent
Writing Projects

April

 

Poetry

May

Realisitc
Fiction

 

Second

September

Narrative
Writing-Revisiting and Re-energizing Small Moments

October

Raising
the Level of Narrative Writing with Authors as Mentors

November

Writing
and Revising Realisitc Fiction

December

Fairy Tale
Adaptations and Original Fantasy Stories

January

Writing to
Grow Ideas (Including Ideas about Books)

February

Writing to
Learn and to Teach About a Topic of Personal Expertise

March

 

Persusaive
Writing (Letters and Reviews)

April

 

Poetry

May

Expert
Projects in a Content Area:

 

Third

September

Launching
a Productive Writing Workshop

October

Raising
the Quality of Narrative Writing

November

Writing
Informational Books with Authority and Voice

December

Fiction

January

Fiction

February

Revision
and OAT Writing

March

 

Return to
Nonfiction

April

 

Poetry

May

Independent
Writing Projects

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth

September

Launching
the Writing Workshop

October

Raising
the Level of Narrative Writing

November

Persuasive
Letter

December

Essay or
Writing to Make a Difference

January/February

Fiction

March

 

Writing to
Learn and to Teach About a Topic of Personal Expertise

April

 

Poetry

May

Persusaive
Writing Letters and Reviews)

 

 

 

Fifth           

September

Launching
the Writing Workshop

October

Raising
the Level of Narrative Writing

November

Personal
Essay

December

 Writing to Make a Difference

January

Fiction

February

Independent
Writing Project

March

 

Literary
Essay

April

 

Poetry

May

Memoir

 

 

 

 

Sixth

September

Launching
the Writing Workshop: Writing with Intensity, Determination, and Independence

October

Raising
the Level of Narrative Writing : Improving Volume and Quality

November

The
Personal Essay or Essay Study

December/Early
January

Short
Fiction

Late January/February

Quick
Writing, Writing About Reading, Preparaing for the Writing Tasks of the OAT

March

 

Choice
Project

April

 

Poetry

May

Memoir

 

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5 Responses to “Shared Curricular Calendar for Units of Study in Writing”

  1. Mary Anne Says:

    This is great. Do you have conversations between grade levels about who covers what in the units that overlap?

    • bestbookihavenotread Says:

      We do have conversations that I help facilitate. From two and a half years of using the UOS, we have found that there is more than enough stuff to share among three grade levels. TC suggested having (as they do) a June Planning Day where you plan out your UOS for the following year. We have those coming up the next couple weeks. They also hold a professional day between units, in preparation for the next unit. I’m hoping to pull off half days with each grade level between UOS two weeks before the new unit (I’m aiming for every other month) begins. Some units won’t require that much PD so we’ll do some it at grade level meetings. That will also facilitate communication between grades. Hope this helps.

  2. Tristan Says:

    What is the unit: Writing to Make a difference (?) I’ve not seen that unit before. I teach 5th grade.

    • bestbookihavenotread Says:

      I will have to check my notebooks when I get home, but I think I remember that it is similar to a social issue book study, but for writing about an issue that is personal to you. I’ll reply again next week when I’m home.

  3. Cori Says:

    On the second grade curricular calendar of UOS for writing, what resources do you use to teach Writing to Grow Ideas in January?


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