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"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." - William Wordsworth

"Good writing is clear thinking made visible." - Bill Wheeler

 

What's hoppin'?

       

         Week 39:  This week we will make sure that each student's writing portfolio is in order for next year's teacher.       

            Week 38:  This week we will finish up our Verna Aardema author study books. The students will also have time to review their writing portfolios so that they will be ready for next year’s teacher

           Week 37:  We will continue our author study of Verna Aardema this week. During the author study we have been practicing the skills of summarizing, as well as looking for the theme of the stories, the connections between her books, and so much more. The author study will now carry over into Writer’s Workshop since our reports are finished.

            Week 36:  This week the students will be expected to have a published report completed for their writing portfolios.

            Week 35:  This week the students will continue finishing up their reports.  Almost everyone is in the publishing phase of the writing process.

          Week 34: This week the students will continue finishing up their reports.

         Week 33:  This week the students will continue to work on their reports.  We will be finishing up our Report writing genre very soon!

        Week 32:  The students will continue working on finishing up their rough drafts/sloppy copies this week.  

        Week 31:  The students will continue working on finishing up their rough drafts/sloppy copies this week.  

        Week 30:  The students will be looking for ways to incorporate the nonfiction text features that they learned about in reading into their own reports.

         Week 29:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre.  We will look at how we can incorporate the text features we learned about into our own reports.  

        Week 28:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre.  Once everyone gathers their facts the students will begin sorting their facts into categories and then begin writing their rough drafts/ sloppy copies.

         Week 27:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre with the researching process.  The students have been very busy gathering facts from a variety of sources! 

         Week 26:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre with the researching process.         

        Week 25:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre with the researching process. 

         Week 24:  This week we will continue our Report writing genre with the researching process. 

         Week 23:  This week we will begin our Report writing genre.  The students will choose a topic and then begin the research process. 

        Week 22:  This week we will wrap up the procedural/functional writing (how to) genre.

        Week 21:  This week we will continue to work on the procedural/functional writing (how to) genre and the goal is to finish up the publishing process. 

        Week 20:  This week we will continue to work on the procedural/functional writing (how to) genre.

        Week 19:  This week we will continue to work on the procedural/functional writing (how to) genre.

             Week 18:  This week we are ready to start our third genre of the year, Procedural/Functional (How to).  This is always a fun genre because we get to tell how to make/do things.  In order to make the writing process a little easier we will make/do a few things so that we can write about them.

            Week 17:  This week we are going to try and finish up the Persuasive writing genre.  The planning, first drafts and peer conferences are done.  I am finishing up my list of teacher conferences and then everyone is ready to publish!   

            Week 16:  We are really moving through the persuasive genre!  This week many of the students will begin peer and/or teacher conferencing and even publishing!

            Week 15:  The students will continue writing their persuasive essays this week.  They are beginning to sound very powerful; I love the support and evidence they are providing!     

           Week 14:  The brainstorming is complete and this week the students will continue drafting their persuasive essays.    

           Week 13:  This week we will begin working in the persuasive writing genre.  The yummy cookie OREO will help us to remember each element of this writing genre.  O=opinion, R=reason, E=explanation, and O=opinion.  We will also look at how we can make our persuasive essays triple stuffed!

          Week 12:  This week we will finish our narrative writing genre.  Friday will be a celebration of our great writing.  I can’t wait!

          Week 11:  The students’ narratives look great.  I am very impressed with the work that has been done, and I am sure that next year’s teacher will be also when the work goes on with them in your child’s writing portfolio. 

           Week 10:  This week we will look at the writing standards and create our writing rubric.  The students will use the rubric that they help create to decide whether or not their writing is “good enough.” 

            Week 9:  This week we will be looking at how we can provide closure to our stories besides just saying “the end” as we wrap up learning the elements of the 3rd grade narrative writing standards.

           Week 8:  An outstanding vocabulary is one sign of an excellent writer, which is why this week we will look at the word choice piece of the narrative writing standard.  We will look at using “strong” verbs as well as exact and exciting descriptive words.   

           Week 7:  This week we will look at a couple more leads, (exciting ways to begin our narratives).  We will also work with editing and revising our stories to make sure that they have complete sentences, subject/verb agreement, and proper punctuation.  

            Week 6:  This week we will look at different leads, which are ways to begin our narratives.  We will look at beginning our stories in new and exciting ways, which move beyond “one day.”  Click on the links below to see examples of the leads we will be working with this week!

        Talking Lead             Question Lead           Sound Effects Lead

        Action Lead              Snapshot Lead           Flashback Lead

           Week 5:  This week we will be discussing different author’s craft (such as dialogue, more specific vocabulary, and even repeating lines) and how we can add them into our narratives.  We will also look at six exciting ways to begin our stories.

           Week 4:  During our narrative genre one of the main focuses will be to take one event and stretch it out with a lot of details.  One of the things we are moving away from is commonly known as a “bed-to-bed” story (which lists everything done in the day).   

          Week 3:  Now that we have reviewed the mechanics of Writer’s Workshop we are ready to jump into our first genre.  This week we will begin digging deeper into Narrative (story) writing.              

           Week 2:  Writing has begun in our room!  Last week our focus was on what Writer's Workshop will look like and sounds like in our classroom.  I am happy to announce that the students are off to a great start!  This year your child will learn about, and work in six writing genres.  Our first genre study will be the narrative (story) genre.  This will an in depth study and sure to be a lot of fun!

           Week 1:  This week your child will be learning the rituals and routines of his/her new classroom.  More great learning coming soon!