Writing is probably the subject that I need to work on the most! I have used Lucy Calkins Units of Study and loved them. The problem is that I do not have enough time to complete her lessons. I have tried to adapting my school curriculum, Rigby Literacy by Design because it moved WAY too fast for my students. I have tried a weekly theme and have the students write a nonfiction story about the theme week 1 and a fiction story week 2. Finally this year I have tried something else and LOVE it!
I created generic forms to use when writing entertaining, persuasive and informative stories. You can find it here on TPT.
I started out this year with sticker stories (I am thinking about moving these to my Daily 5 work on writing rotation.) My students love these but they were too easy for about a third of my class.
I didn't plan on starting the writing forms until half way through the year. I grabbed out the forms and pulled the 8 students to the carpet. We started going through the pre-writing form and they did EXCELLENT! I couldn't believe that they understood what to do! In the next few days following I would read the prompts one at a time on the drafting sheet. The students did an amazing job on this as well! Their final stories looked like what I expect of my high students in the middle of the year and they did it on week 2 of school!
Here is an example of one of the students' writing: (Please remember that we haven't covered any punctuation/ writing process etc. yet! This was the second week of school!)
I'm so proud of my little ones!
I'll be posting again soon! ;)