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Second Grade Writers, Lucy Calkins and Professional Development August 5, 2009

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This week I’ve been teaching a workshop for first through sixth grade teachers this week on Writing Workshop with a focus on conferring. We’ve been looking at the Primary and Intermediate Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Carl Anderson’s Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations That Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6, Reading and Writing Projects’s Workshop Help Desk-A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Workshop Help Desk-Making Your Teaching Stick by Shanna Schwartz.

Second Grade Curricular Calendar from the Quick Guide (see earlier post)

September Narrative Writing-Revising and Re-energizing Small Moments
October Raising the Level of Narrative Writing with Authors as Mentors
November Writing and Revising Realistic Fiction
December The World of Wonder: Fairy Tale Adaptations and Original Fantasy Stories
January Writing to Grow Ideas (Inculding Ideas About Books)
February Expert Projects: Writing to Learn and to Teach About a Topic of Personal Expertise
March Persuasive Writing: Persuasive Letters and Reviews
April Poetry
May Expert Projects in a Content Area: Writing to Learn and to Teach About Science
June Revision and Assessment

Carl Anderson’s newest book set is a gem! It is targeted at grades 3-6 teachers, but the first and second grade teachers are finding it just as valuable. At $82.00 it’s not cheap, but it does include 3 books and 2 DVDs with a Teachers Guide. It’s just what you need to prepare for your best writing conferences with students as you head into the new school year.

Making Your Teaching Stick is another $8 gem from the Workshop Help Desk.

After teaching the workshop this week it’s back to New York City for the 16th Annual¬†August Writing Institute at Teachers College to help grow my understanding of the teaching of writing even more. I am definitely more prepared for the week in terms of how to get around, shoes to wear, lunches to pack, and clothes that sweat well in (if that is possible).


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