Year of the Writing Workshop

A Year of Units for The Writers Workshop!


Can you believe it…A Year of Units for The Writers Workshop!!!  This bundle consists of 6 whole units. Each Unit is made for Upper Elementary 3-5. Each of the units have 12 – 18 Lessons, each with a Connection, Teaching Point, Active Engagement, Link, and Sharing. It also includes Common Core Standards that are addressed, print outs for writers notebooks, anchor charts, poem examples, rubrics, and much more…see detailed list below! The units that are included are as follows:

Unit 1: Launching the Writing Workshop

Unit 2: Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing

Unit 3: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions Fiction Writing

Unit 4: Breathing Life into Essay Writing

Unit 5: Literary Essays Writing About Reading

Unit 6: Poetry

These products have been adapted from Units of Study for Teaching Writing Grades 3-5 by Lucy Calkins.

Example of a Detailed List of Materials and Resources Found In The Poetry Unit:

  • Preparing for the Unit Description
  • Materials Needed for Unit: You will find a list of materials that are specific to this unit. These materials should be prepared before beginning the unit.
  • Terms Found In This Unit: These are specific phrases and terms that you will use or are used by Teaching Upstairs that communicate events, moments, or teaching techniques.
  • Writing Workshop Components and Assessments: This is a list that was developed by me for my own school. We use this to determine assessment schedules, grades, and report card items. These are not required in the Lucy Calkins program, but we have found helpful in our years of teaching workshop.
  • Writing Workshop Student Behavior Rubric: This rubric is used to assess student behavior both individually and as a partner. Please see the description on the Components and Assessments Handout for more detailed information.
  • Common Core Standards That Are Addressed In This Unit: A list of the common core standards that are addressed in this unit. 
  • On Demand Assessment Pre Unit, On Demand Assessment Post Unit: This script will give you the information that you need to conduct a pre and post assessment for this specific unit. The pre assessment should be done before beginning any of the lessons. The post assessment should be completed after the students publish their writing. 
  • On Demand Assessment Rubric: Use this rubric for both the Pre and Post On Demand Assessment.
  • Workshop Self Evaluation: Used by student. Please see the description on the Components and Assessments Handout for more detailed information.
  • Tips for Conferring with Writers: Tips on teaching each the student one writing strategy or technique he/she can use in a current piece of writing and continue to use in future writing. 
  • Conferring Examples and Worksheets: Examples of methods that I have found helpful, as well as, an example and blank worksheet that you can record your conferring on. 
  • Student Notebook Labels: These labels are completely optional. I found myself some days having students copy down the teaching point and anchor chart in their Writer’s Notebook and then there were other days that I handed these out for them to glue or tape into their Notebook. These are just there for convince if you choose to use them. 
  • Example for Parent Handbook: If you need an explanation for your parent handbook at the beginning of the year you may find this helpful.
  • Teacher Self Assessment: An assessment to judge how your workshop is going so far. 
  • Student Poetry Packet: This is a packet for students to use mentor poems from to cut and place into their writers notebooks for inspiration.
  • Poetry Form Posters: 10 posters are in another folder that you are able to print and use in a lesson.
  • Mentor Text List
  • Anchor Charts for Each Lesson
  • 12 Lessons over the Course of 5 Weeks
  • Suggested Poetry Websites
  • Final Copy Rubric
  • Revision and Editing Checklist
  • Partner Editing Checklist
  • Editing Checklist
  • Publishing Checklist
  • Celebration Ideas

Celebration Supplies: In another folder on your download you will find templates for your celebration. If you need a different color or something slightly different please email me at teachingupstairs@gmail.com and I can make them for you!

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Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop Tips and Tricks: Round #2

In the last Reader’s Workshop Tips and Tricks #1 I talked about how to get to know your students before you begin your Reader’s Workshop.

This weeks Tips and Tricks Round 2 are based around getting the first few weeks off the ground!!

Before a child can have an interest in reading, he must first have an awareness of it.  The child who is unaware of the riches of literature certainly can have no desires for them.

          ~ Jim Trelease 

I have to admit that I am a Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop junkie…I love scouring the web looking for new ideas to integrate into my classroom.  I have learned a few things over the past years while teaching Reader’s Workshop in my fourth grade classroom.  I thought it was about time I put them down and shared some of the tips and tricks that I have been taught.

The most important piece of advice I have ever received about implementing and learning Reader’s Workshop is you need to give yourself time and grace!  There is no one that is able to implement it all at once without taking the time to get to know each of the parts in-depth.  Experts say that it takes at least three years for an educator to have all parts of the workshop fully implemented and thriving.

 The best advice that was given to me was to make the first year you do workshop the “year of the mini”.  


Start off really concentrating on getting to know your minilessons.  I find that the best format to organize these lessons and really keep track of all of the parts is using the same format that Lucy Calkins uses.  The only thing I did for my own lessons for the first year…and for those of you that may have some of my lesson is I eliminated the “mid-workshop teaching point”.  Then about half way through that first year I was able to grasp how and when to insert that “mid-workshop teaching point”. Now a few years in, I have become artful at doing and I know the lessons well enough to really know what the students need and where they are missing pieces.

I have developed a series of Reading Workshop Units for grades 3-5.  They are all on sale starting today on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook!!!!!!  

Example Unit
Reader’s Workshop
Launching Unit:  Building A Reading Life


The Reader’s Workshop: Launching -Building a Reading Life is easily adaptable for 3-5. 16 Lessons with connection, teaching point, active engagement, link, and sharing. It addresses Common Core Standards and includes anchor charts, minilessons, booklist, conferring notes, partner expectations, parent letter and much more. This product has been adapted from Units of Study for Teaching Reading Grades 3-5 by Lucy Calkins.

In the Launching Unit some of the very first lessons include…

  • Setting expectations for behaviors during the mini lessons, independent reading time, and partner work.

 

  • Setting goals for reading as a class.  I keep these posted all year.
  • Typical starter mini lessons like “Signs to Watch for When Choosing a Book” and “Reading Fast, Long, and Strong”.  During this unit you will be continually trying to build their reading stamina.  Over the past few years I have used Stamina Graphs as recommended by the “The 2 Sisters” who have written Cafe and The Daily Five.

 

I highly recommend if you are a lower elementary teacher that you check out the linked websites above.  The Sisters really have done a fabulous job giving resources that you can use tomorrow!

  • Setting up partnerships.  These partnerships start off minimal and using them only a few times a week with very specific conversations.  Then during the next unit which is our Character Study, they are ramped up.  By this time they have had a lot of experience with accountable talk and are ready for action!
Later this week I am very excited to blog on the Tips and Tricks of Conferring.  We just had an amazing PD day with a woman who had the coolest ideas and set up to her conferring…so get excited for that to come your way!!!