The easiest way to support investment in writing is to teach children to choose their own topics most of the time.
Mary Ehrenworth Getting Started. Performance Assessments engage students in authentic, high-level work that is aligned to curricular standards so that teachers can more carefully plan for instruction that meets students where they are and moves them forward.
The teaching in these books has been planned, taught, revised, and retaught, through a cycle of improvement involving literally thousands of classrooms in schools dotting the globe. Grade-Level Video Orientations In these video courses, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues provide an overview of the units along with tips and guidelines to help teachers get off to a good start.
Writing needs to be taught like any other basic skill, with explicit instruction and ample opportunity for practice. Let me see what is expected for fifth grade," and then revise that lead to make it match those higher expectations.
Then, with involvement from the kids themselves, teachers score those pieces of writing against some tools we give them.
Series Components Units of Study Four Units of Study per grade level include all the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small group work for a comprehensive workshop curriculum.
For each grade, there are two exemplar pieces that represent very different but equivalent ways for a piece to be at-level. Online Resources The Online Resources offer downloadable, printable files for the anchor charts, student exemplars, homework assignments, checklists, and assessment resources.