What we do in 5th grade!
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing
We use the Lucy Calkins writing program, which provides students K-8 with a common approach to writing, as well as a common language for us as writers. We typically start with a mini-lesson on a writing skill or craft, then work on our own writing, and take time to share at the end of the period.
Students spend time learning to conference, collaborate, edit their own writing, provide feedback to other writers, and write multiple drafts.
Writing Workshop: Structure
Writing Workshop Vocabulary
Genre-kinds of writing the author is working on i.e. how to, ABC book, biography, etc...
Narrative-to tell a story
Informational-to explain something
Argument-to convince another about an idea or opinion
Voice-author’s point of view, mood and tone coming out through writing
Brainstorm-to think of or write down every idea around a topic
Draft-the first copies of a piece of writing
Revise-”fancy up” writing by adding details or something new, changing parts that do not make sense, and to try something new
Edit-”fix up” writing by rereading to find errors, checking for correct use of capitals and punctuation, and checking for correct spelling of developmentally appropriate words
Publish-the final copy of a written piece
Practice your grammar, vocabulary, and spelling skills on these Mrs. Kuhlthau approved sites!
Idioms: click here
Word Scrambles: click here
Writing Workshop: Info for Parents!
How to Help Your Child at Home
Looking to publish? Here are some sites that publish student work: