In writing workshop, your child will become the author of a variety of genres. They will learn skills and techniques to strengthen their writing, while using their own creative ideas. Over the year, the students will be expected to write longer as their stamina grows. Writing can be practiced at home through homework, such as the class blog, Newsela, and other writing prompts. You can also encourage your child to write for fun by writing letters to family members, keeping a journal, or making up stories to share. 

    UNIT 1: Crafting True Stories

    Students will develop the ability to think of themselves as writers by instilling a love for writing.  Students will establish rules and routines of writer’s workshop.  Roles and responsibilities during writing workshop are clearly and explicitly defined.  Teachers will help students regain rigor and stamina in their writing. Students will develop the ability to reread favorite narrative books with a focus on exploring the structure, word usage, and writing techniques authors use to create a memorable personal narrative.

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    UNIT 2: The Art of Information Writing

    In this unit of study, you will give students the processes and skills necessary to write information texts that meet the demands of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. To allow students to focus on the demanding work of organizing their information, linking diverse bits or information, synthesizing information and ideas, using domain-specific vocabulary, and above all, writing in ways that instruct readers, this unit asks them to write about topics on which they already have some expertise.

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    UNIT 3: Writing Gripping Fictional Stories with Meaning and Significance

    In this unit, the students will draw upon their narrative skills to continue to write with greater stamina and engagement. Students will work tod evelop short, fictional stories consisting of two small moments, or scences. Students' experiences will provide them with a bank of knowledge to draw upon when crafting true stories. They will learn to use texts that they have read as models for powerful storytelling skills and strategies which they will aim to utilize in their own writing.

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    UNIT 4: Changing the World

    In this unit of writing, the students will be constructing persuasive essays. Their essays will deal with current topics around the world, like "Should there be zoos and aquariums?" The students will construct their essays using emotions, optinions, and facts from research in the hopes that they are able to convince others to change their minds about problems in the world.

    The second part of this unit has the children constructing literary essays. They will read short stories and develop a big idea that they want to share about their story. The big idea could be a lesson to be learned, a character trait, or how a character changes. The students will support their ideas with evidence from the text and their own personal experiences.

    UNIT 5: Writing About Research

    In this unit, students will transfer what they learned in The Art of Information Writing (Unit 2) to write new all-about books on animals they’re researching in Reader’s Workshop. Students will work in clubs to write books that advance the big ideas of each topic, while using peer conferring and self-assessment.

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