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Narrative Writing-Launching the Writing Workshop grades 3, 4, 5 August 19, 2009

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August & September  [Black # = Mini-lesson)

Materials=Units of Study for Teaching Writng grades 3-5; Book1-Launching the Writing Workshop = Launching; Book 2-Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing=Raising

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

On-demand Writing Piece (see prompt directions) 1 Mini-Lesson Starting the Writing Workshop-(session I Launching) 2

Mini-Lesson Generating More Writing- (session I or II, Launching)

3 Mini-Lesson Qualities of Good Writing-focus, detail, and structure (session III, Launching) 4; Mini-Lesson Nurturing/Rehearsing- The Writer’s Job in a Conference (session IV, Launching)

7 Mini-Lesson

Buidling Stories-Step by Step (session V, Launching)

8 Mini-Lesson –Choosing a Seed Idea (session VI, Launching) 9; Mini-Lesson-revising-

Studying and Creating Leads (session VII, Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing)

10; Mini-Lesson Writing Discovery Drafts (session VIII, Launching 11 ; Mini-Lesson Revising Developing the Heart of the Story (session XV, Launching)
14 Mini-Lesson

Revising Endings: Learning from Published Writing (session IX, Launching)

15 Mini-Lesson Taking Charge of Our Writing-Starting a Second Piece (session X, Launching) 16 Mini-Lesson Timelines and Tools for Planning and Developing Stories (session XI and XII, Launching) 17 Mini-Lesson Yesterday’s Revisons Become Today’s Standard Practice (session IV, Raising) 18 Mini-Lesson Ending Stories (session XII, Raising)
21 Mini-Lesson Using Editing Checklists (session XVI, Launching)

 

Shared Curricular Calendars July 17, 2009

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Units of Study for Reading, Units os Study for Writing, and Shared Curricular Calendars seems to be  hot topics of thought and discussion among teachers.

Here are a couple links to sites I had found this spring when I was looking for resources.

Calkins Graduate Students reading units of study

 Denver City Schools curriculum site-they aren’t really “TC”, but a modified version with a strong ELL component/support (Scroll to the bottom-they are by grade level and unit).

Heinemann writing supports for units of study

 

Lucy Calkins post May 3, 2009

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Angela Bunyi (What a fun last name!) has a great post over on her Scholastic Blog about the Heinemann Units of Study for Writing Workshop. Her fabulous husband surprised her with a present-a conference see Lucy Calkins in Memphsis (What a GREAT husband! I love him even though I don’t know him!).

She is a fourth grade teacher that uses Units of Study. She has also posted about the Essay unit, one that makes many teachers a little nervous. Check it out!

P.S.-This is one of the few blogs I can access from school and always has great information!

 

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

 

 

Teaching Second-Grade Writers by Lucy Calkins April 8, 2009

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The entire title of this little gem is Reading Writing Project Workshop Help Desk: A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and is available from Heinemann. I picked it up when I was at TC in March and I can’t find it on the website yet, but if you are a second grade teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, or curriculum director I highly recommend picking it up as soon as you can. This 76 page pocket-sized professional development resource ($8.00) would be great to add to your Primary Units of Study set. Even if you aren’t using UOS, I still think this would be a valuable resource.  Something I love in the first chapter is the proposed overview of the year (also known as a shared curricular calendar). Each chapter then goes on to explore each month’s unit of study more closely. It has some great recommendations for modifying the UOS if your first grade and kindergarten teachers are also using UOS.

The second grade study group of writing workshop is going to start reading this as soon as we can get additional copies. All are game for trying their proposed calendar. With the research and thinking that is behind all TC Reading and Writing Project work, I don’t know how their calendar can do anything but help us work together to get even better.

I think it’s an exciting time to be a teacher of writing and reading. What a gift this little book is!

 

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).

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Units of Study: personal narrative unit 1 October 18, 2008

The fourth and fifth grade teachers have finished, or are just finishing Unit 1 of Units of Study-the personal narrative. We will be refining our shared rubric and talking about common expectations that need to be verified for next year or modified. More on this early next week. They are all hoping to have their publication celebration by Nov. 1. I got some great photos of one class that I will also post a few of. The kids were SO excited. All that hard work by teachers and students pay off!

 

 
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