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 Unit 1: Crafting True Stories

Essential skills for this unit:

  • Maintain a writer's notebook to hold a collection of narratives
  • Rehearse different narrative beginnings
  • Revise drafts
  • Study mentor texts for the purpose of writing more powerful stories
  • Produce published texts incorporating skills of paragraphing, punctuation, and reflection of self-assessment

 Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing

Essential skills for this unit:

  • Design a plan to teach a topic that is organized and categorized
  • Draft and revise chapters using varied types of information and structures, with elaboration and pieces linked together
  • Apply writing skills to pieces of writing in other subject areas

 Unit 3: Change the World - Persuasion

Essential skills for this unit:

  • Draft and revise speeches to convince an audience
  • Organize a speech to provide several reasons and supporting examples
  • Apply knowledge and skills about writing speeches to writing other opinion pieces
  • Incorporate text-based evidence into opinion pieces

 Unit 4: Baby Literary Essay

Essential skills for this unit:

  • Explore ideas about literature to develop a thesis
  • Draft, revise and edit an essay that supports my thesis
  • Draft a second literary essay working with greater independence

 Unit 5: Poetry

Essential skills for this unit:
  • Gather ideas and write poems about things I see and care about 
  • Focus on content of poems, but also on language and form
  • Revise poems keeping mind craft, language and meaning
  • Build a collection of poetry

 Unit 6: Once Upon a Time

Essential skills for this unit:

  • Understand structure of fairy tales
  • Compare and contrast fairy tale adaptations to create own adaptation
  • Utilize understanding of fairy tales to write another adaptation with greater independence
  • Write an original fairy tale working hard to incorporate symbolism, figurative language and complex sentence structure

Our Writing Program Includes:  

Writing a Super Sentence

Creating a well-developed paragraph using a topic    sentence, details, and conclusion sentence

Writing paragraphs and stories using graphic organizers

 Learning about the Six +1 Writing Trait (We focus on Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, and Conventions.)

Learning the Writing Process

1. PREWRITING - getting ideas ready
2. DRAFTING - putting ideas on paper
3. REVISING - making changes
4. EDITING - looking for and fixing errors
5. PUBLISHING - sharing

The key steps children follow in Writer’s Workshop include:



  First Draft


  Teacher Conference

  Final Draft

Writer's Workshop block consists of three parts:  a short mini lesson, independent writing time, and author's chair.  During the mini lesson, I teach routines of Writer's Workshop, writer's craft lessons, 6-Traits lessons, and punctuation, grammar, and capitalization lessons.  The 6-Traits + 1 of writing are the key areas that make up a strong piece of writing.  The six writing traits include the following.  In second grade, we really focus on the starred traits below:

After the mini lesson, students have time to write independently.  During this time I monitor students' progress, conference with students, or have guided lessons for small groups. 

Finally, Author's Chair is a time for students to share their pieces.  The children love hearing feedback and getting suggestions from their classmates.  Writer's Workshop enables students to have the power to write about their own topics at their own pace. 

Last Updated: 10/17/15
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