First Grade First Quarter Writing Essentials

Quarter Focus- Establishing Writer's Workshop in Your Classroom

Month
Writing Workshop
Standards
Trait Focus
Resources
Assessments
August
Introduction to the Writer's Workshop and establish the routine:
  • Meeting
  • Writing Folder
  • Writing Journal
  • Scrapbook/Publishing Folder

Example Mini-lessons:
  • Establishing routines
  • Working independently
  • Developing a writer's attitude
  • Selecting a piece ot publish
  • Writer's Celebration/Sharing
  • Telling stories through illusrations
1.W.1.1.
1.W.1.2
Ideas and Content
Launching the Writing Workshop Lucy Caulkins -Unit of Study #1 - Part 1 Launching the Writing Workshop

Building a Community of Writers; Chapter 1 First Grade Writers, by Stephanie Parsons

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide Ch. 4
Launching the Workshop, by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Work, Space, and Time; Chapter 1
About the Authors, by Katie Wood Ray with Lisa B. Cleaveland
SFSD K-2 Writing Rubric

Building Community Assessment Rubric (Pg.30)
First Grade Writers
September
Continue to Establish workshop routines and procedures.
  • Independent writing
  • Conferencing
  • Personal narratives


Example Mini-lessons:
  • Writer's write about...
  • Using pictures and words
    • Stretching and writing words
    • Say the word slowly
    • Using resources to write word
  • Print Conventions
    • Capital letters
    • Punctuation
  • Publishing
    • Editing, fixing up writing
    • Conferencing with writers
  • Author's Share
1.W.1.1
1.W.1.2
1.W.2.1
1.W.2.2
1.W.2.3
Ideas and Content
Organization
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
Launching the Writing Workshop
by Lucy Caulkins - Unit of Study #1 - Part 2

Launching the Writing Workshop
by Lucy Caulkins - Unit of Study #1 - Part 3

Launching the Writing Workshop
Lucy Caulkins - Unit of Study #1 - Part 4

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide
Ch. 5 Conferring with Writers,
by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Wonder Writers: Writing Strategy Cards
Rigby
SFSD K-2 Writing Rubric
October
Personal Narratives

Example Mini-lessons
:
  • Planning a Small Moment or Memoir
    • use storytelling to generate ideas and practice language to be used as a writer
  • Understanding a Small Moment or Memoir
    • story that tells of personal experience written in first person (I)
  • Discovering a Small Moment
    • story is important to the author
    • author's feelings and voice
  • Stretching a Small Moment
    • using sequence (first, next, then finally)
    • writing across several pages to develop story
    • adding details to a topic
  • Bookmaking
1.W.1.1
1.W.1.2
1.W.2.1
1.W.2.2
1.W.2.3
Ideas and Content
Organization
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
Personal Narrative; Chapter 4
First Grade Writers
by Stephanie Parsons

Small Moments

Mentor Text/Authors:

The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn

**Patricia Polocca
  • My Rotten Red-headed Brother
  • Babushka's Doll
  • When Lightning Comes in a Jar
  • The Relatives Came
**
SFSD K-2 Writing Rubric