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Writing Core Specialist
What Makes Teaching Writing so Hard?
& interest level
Teaching writing is
But it can be
understand CCSS' and how they apply to your daily writing instruction
learn best practices of writing
staff meeting materials
#2-Understanding CCSS "Text Types"
4 "Text Types"
all grades, pre-unit1
PATIENCE gives the power to practice;
PRACTICE gives the power
that leads us closer to PERFECTION.
6 Traits Pizza
The 7 Keys to
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V-3rd grader had high expectations
Happy Writing! Remember, stay positive!
Writing Workshop Model
K-5 Overview Anchor Standards
Developing a pacing guide
ensures that students will have
sufficient time to practice skills
within the 4 main text types.
Narrative - Real and Imagined
Where can I
access my grade-level
use the same
or planning sheet
to allow time
more than just
SEE & HEAR
W.3.1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons
W.K.2. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.5.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
What about those
Is it personality
Is it ability?
qualities of good writing
How do the core standards
match the 6 Traits?
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Content & Ideas
keep it simple
make it fun
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5 & W.1.5
With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.5 - W.5.5
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
How do I
keep track of
1. Be quick
2. Share a "glow"
3. Point out 2 "grows"
To maintain motivation & interest, remember to balance writing over short and extended time frames. This allows your more struggling writers to practice writing within time limits as well as working on a piece over time to improve their developing skills.
In-Between Text Type Writing Opportunities!
using themes or other
All the things I love...
All the things I loathe...
When I was little I used to...but now I...
All the things my hands have held
Found Poetry -- great for incorporating core content (science or social studies)
23 Ways to Use a Writer's Notebook
In a minute, you will see a word or phrase. You will have 60 seconds to write as much as you can about the word.