Writing Pathways

Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, Grades K-8
Author: Lucy Calkins,Kelly Boland Hohne,Audra Kirshbaum Robb
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325057309
Category: Education
Page: 464
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"These assessment tools make progress in writing as transparent, concrete, and obtainable as possible and put ownership for this progress into the hands of learners, allowing students and teachers to work toward a very clear image of what good writing entails." -Lucy Calkins, Writing Pathways Lucy Calkins' groundbreaking performance assessments offer instructional tools to support continuous assessment, timely feedback, and clear goals tied to learning progressions that have been aligned with world-class standards. Originally published as part of the bestselling Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, grades K-8, Writing Pathways is ideal for writing workshop, but suitable for any writing instruction context or curriculum. This practical guide includes: Learning progressions for opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing, which map the specific benchmarks students will master for every grade level On-demand writing prompts that support schoolwide performance assessment Student checklists to help students set goals and integrate crucial self-assessment into their work Rubrics to support individual teachers and professional learning communities as they evaluate mastery and plan instruction within and across grade levels Student writing samples that illustrate different ways students have exemplified standards and highlight essential features of each writing genre Annotated exemplar pieces of writing on the same topic for every grade level that highlight the traits you can expect to see at each level of the learning progressions. Who needs Writing Pathways? Educators who are not yet ready to implement the full Units of Study curriculum can use Writing Pathways to get started with Lucy Calkins' proven approach to writing assessment and instruction. Coaches and administrators who are supporting implementation of Lucy Calkins' Units of Study will find Writing Pathways to be an ideal resource to guide their work. Who doesn't need Writing Pathways? The content in this stand-alone edition is the same as in the previous editions found in Lucy Calkins' Units of Study (K-5 and 6-8 are combined in this new edition). Teachers who have the Units of Study do not need this new edition.

Writing Instruction to Support Literacy Success


Author: Evan Ortlieb,Earl H. Cheek Jr.,Wolfram Verlaan
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1786355256
Category: Education
Page: 344
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This volume will feature prominent researchers sharing evidence-based successes partnering with teachers in K-12 classrooms. It will have 3 sub-sections according to grade level appropriate instruction: K-3, 4-8, 9-12. As a result the book will have wide readership amongst educators in the early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school years.

Breaking Through the Language Arts Block

Organizing and Managing the Exemplary Literacy Day
Author: Lesley Mandel Morrow,Kenneth Kunz,Maureen Hall
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462534511
Category: Education
Page: 232
View: 7929
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This innovative book helps K–6 teachers infuse the entire school day with research-based literacy best practices. Classroom-tested strategies are presented for planning and implementing each component of the "exemplary literacy day"--vocabulary and word study sessions, literacy work stations, differentiated guided reading groups, reading and writing workshops, and interdisciplinary projects. Teachers get tips for organizing a print-rich classroom, supporting students' social–emotional well-being, and using assessment to guide instruction. User-friendly features include vivid vignettes, classroom management tips, questions for discussion and reflection, and 15 reproducible forms, checklists, and lesson templates. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Note: this book is a contemporary follow-up to Morrow's influential earlier title Organizing and Managing the Language Arts Block.

Storytelling in a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Opening Minds, Shifting Perspectives, and Transforming Imaginations
Author: Laura A. Mitchell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498555977
Category: Education
Page: 104
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This book describes how culturally responsive teachers learn to navigate between the heritage languages of their students and the dominant language of their curriculum and instruction.As teachers invite different forms of literacy to be shared, they bring the authentic lives of storytellers into their classroom.

Welcome to Writing Workshop

Engaging Today's Students with a Model That Works
Author: Stacey Shubitz,Lynne R. Dorfman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1625311664
Category: Education
Page: 216
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Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman warmly welcome you to experience writing workshop for the first time or in a new light with Welcome to Writing Workshop. Through strategic routines, tips, resources, and short focused video clips, teachers can create the sights and sounds of a thriving writing workshop where: * both students and teachers are working authors * students spend most of their time writing--not just learning about it * student choice is encouraged to help create engaged writers, not compliant ones * students are part of the formative assessment process * students will look forward to writing time--not dread it. From explanations of writing process and writing traits to small-group strategy lessons and minilessons, this book will provide the know-how to feel confident and comfortable in the teaching of writers.

Launch a Primary Writing Workshop

Gettting Started With Units of Study for Primary Writing, Grades K-2
Author: Lucy Calkins,Leah Mermelstein
Publisher: Firsthand
ISBN: 9780325037424
Category: Education
Page: 252
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"If the writing workshop is always changing, always haphazard, children remain pawns waiting for their teacher's agenda. For this reason and others, I think it is so important for each day's workshop to have a clear, simple structure. Children should know what to expect. This allows them to carry on; it frees the teacher from choreographing activities and allows time for listening. How we structure the workshop is less important than that we structure it." -Lucy Calkins Learn how to take your students from pictorial story telling into fluent writing and how Lucy Calkins and her colleagues launch a rigorous and responsive primary writing workshop. Through 2 foundational books-The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Writing and Launching the Writing Workshop-and eight online video clips, Lucy and her colleagues provide the strategies, lesson plans, and tools you'll need to jump in and teach writing to your students in powerful, lasting ways. The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Writing equips you to teach a productive, well-managed writing workshop, introduces you to the methods that underlie all writing instruction, and helps you plan a yearlong curriculum in the teaching of writing. In addition to guiding you through the classroom systems and teaching structures that are the foundation of a primary writing workshop, this comprehensive overview also includes chapters about working within developmental stages of writing, supporting English language learners, and assessing writers. Whether you have taught in a writing workshop for years or are just learning the term, Launching the Writing Workshop will offer you a comprehensive plan for the first four weeks of a primary writing workshop. Lucy and Leah Mermelstein present both the precise language and pacing of their teaching and the reasoning behind it, so that you can create the same powerful experiences with your own children. Whether writers write just a few labels on items in their pictures or write paragraphs, by the end of this unit all children know that in order to write, a writer fills him or herself with an idea, plans how the text will go, and then draws and writes as best he and she can, working to make the page match the writer's vision. The eight accompanying video clips convey the inner workings of writing workshops in a variety of primary classrooms. These live-from-the-classroom video clips are supported and enhanced by an optional voice-over coaching commentary from Lucy that explains the teaching moves and strategies. (Video clips are free for 6 months upon registration. You must register within 6 months of purchase.) Learn more about these resources and the series at www.unitsofstudy.com. This pack is part of firsthand's Getting Started series. Bridging the gap between educational theory and practice, firsthand classroom materials model the carefully crafted techniques and language of master teachers in ways that help teachers refine their practice and reinvent their own teaching. The most comprehensive of these resources span more than a year of instruction. Firsthand's Getting Started Packs were created for teachers in training and professional book study groups who want a compact, affordable way to study and tryout these transformative classroom materials. Each Getting Started Pack includes an overview book, a complete unit of study, online video clips provided free of charge for 6 months, and an accompanying study guide. Getting Started packs include: Launch a Primary Writing Workshop, Grades K-2; Launch an Intermediate Writing Workshop, Grades 3-5; Launch an Intermediate Reading Workshop, Grades 3-5; Introduce the Qualities of Writing, Grades 3-6; Monitor Comprehension with Primary Students, Grades K-2; Monitor Comprehension with Intermediate Students, Grades 3-6; Investigate the Number System, Grades K-3; Investigate Multiplication, Grades 3-5; Investigate Fractions, Grades 4-6.

A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time, K-2


Author: Alison Porcelli,Cheryl Tyler,Lucy Calkins
Publisher: Firsthand
ISBN: 9780325026152
Category: Education
Page: 84
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In A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time Alison and Cheryl explain how choice-time workshops can be structured to help English language learners imagine, create, and explore language through play. They outline two units of study for choice-time workshops, the first using open-ended materials, the other using literature to inspire play. A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About the Workshop Help Desk series The Workshop Help Desk series is designed for teachers who believe in workshop teaching and who have already rolled up their sleeves enough to have encountered the predictable challenges. If you've struggled to get around quickly enough to help all your writers, if you've wondered how to tweak your teaching to make it more effective and lasting, if you've needed to adapt your teaching for English learners, if you've struggled to teach grammar or nonfiction writing or test prep...if you've faced these and other specific, pressing challenges, then this series is for you. Provided in a compact 5" x 7" format, the Workshop Help Desk series offers pocket-sized professional development. For a comprehensive overview of the Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, including sample minilessons, sample videos, curricular calendars, overview presentations, frequently asked questions, and information on the companion principal's guide and the Workshop Help Desk series visit unitsofstudy.com.

Leading Well

Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing
Author: Lucy Calkins,Mary Ehrenworth,Laurie Pessah
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325109220
Category: Education
Page: 272
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"I'm convinced that Howard Gardner was right when he suggested that all leaders need chances to retreat to the mountains. I hope this book gives you metaphorical mountains. I hope that Leading Well allows you to step back from the hurly burly of school leadership, to see far horizons, to breathe a new kind of air, and to return home with new energy and vision. And more than that, I hope the book helps you give the teachers and children in your care their own metaphorical mountains; because in the end, good leaders create leaders." -Lucy Calkins In Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. Travel to any corner of this country, inquire about the schools that are winning acclaim for their joyous and rigorous schoolwide literacy work, and you're apt to find yourself hearing about the results of the remarkable community of practice that has taken root around reading and writing workshop instruction. This book, like the work of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project itself, is deeply research-based and principled, while also absolutely practical and real-world tested. Leading Well will provide you with the inspiration and energy you need to rally your teachers to outgrow their own best teaching practices and tackle predictable challenges. Additionally, Leading Well will remind you that you are part of a vibrant community of practice. You'll learn not only from Lucy Calkins and from contributing authors, Mary Ehrenworth and Laurie Pessah, but also from talented, tenacious, and imaginative school leaders who are creating new horizons for the world of education. Topics addressed include: Planning for Literacy Reform Supporting teachers in implementing reading and writing workshops Tapping the insight and talents of teachers, and rallying key individuals to join your cabinet of literacy leaders Honing your vision for reform and communicating it to the whole school Leading through influence rather than compliance Lifting the Level of Teaching Defining the goals for your teachers and the priorities for students Establishing the structures and culture that support these goals and priorities Protecting independent reading and writing time for students and planning time for teachers Identifying ways to coach and nurture teachers' skills in the specific methods of instruction of the Units of Study Supporting teachers' continuing professional development Building Structures across the School and Community Setting up feedback cycles through instructional rounds and targeted conversations Putting in place rituals and traditions to support your school community's unique character Addressing resistance with radical candor and learning from it Staying the course while integrating new initiatives Engaging parents and building your own professional learning community The book is for school leaders who've invited their teachers to join them in the exhilarating work of adopting a dynamic, rigorous, student-centered language arts curriculum. It is for school leaders who have taken on the challenge of transforming their whole school into a place where everyone's potential, for learning and for growth, is sky high.

One to One

The Art of Conferring with Young Writers
Author: Lucy McCormick Calkins,Amanda Hartman,Zoë White
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325007885
Category: Education
Page: 219
View: 1923
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Lucy Calkins knows one of the most powerful ways to support good writers: clear, purposeful writing conferences.

Pathways to the Common Core

Accelerating Achievement
Author: Lucy Calkins,Mary Ehrenworth,Christopher Lehman
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325043555
Category: Education
Page: 214
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Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Reading and Writing Project have helped thousands of educators design their own pathways to the Common Core. Now, with Pathways to the Common Core, they are ready to help you find your way. Designed for teachers, school leaders, and professional learning communities looking to navigate the gap between their current literacy practices and the ideals of the Common Core, Pathways to the Common Core will help you: understand what the standards say, suggest, and what they don't say; recognize the guiding principles that underpin the reading and writing standards; identify how the Common COre's infrastructure supports a spiraling K-12 literacy curriculum; and scrutinize the context in which the CCSS were written and are being unrolled. In addition to offering an analytical study of the standards, this guide will also help you and your colleagues implement the standards in ways that lift the level of teaching and learning throughout your school.