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Tracy Cornacchio
Re: Tracy & Candie
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:12

Our students did not make a list of topics they just thought of something to write about for their new piece. To begin with I would model me thinking of something to write about then they closed their eyes and thought of their own idea to write about. Once they had a topic then they would open their eyes and I would motion for them to come tell me or my assistant their idea. Once they told me their idea I told them to go write about it. We used the Lucy Caulkins Writer's Workshop books to start our mini-lessons which was taught whole group and included choosing a topic, drawing a picture, labeling the picture, doing the best your can (drawing and stretching out words), and adding words to the pictures. We teach letter-sound correspondence through Letterland but we put it to use during the writing workshop. We did use some mentor text during our mini-lessons but we did more modeling writing during the mini-lessons to show the skill we were teaching that day. We created our own checklist to assess the skills we were looking for in their writing so I think it would be great to create one for your classroom to assess the skills you are looking for in their writing. I hope I answered all of your questions!

  • Tracy & Candie - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 20:05
    I love that you are using writing workshop in your classrooms. How do your students come up with topics for writing? Do you have a class list or do they keep their own lists? I am also interested in... more
    • Re: Tracy & Candie - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 10:12
      • mini lessons - Emily Fox, Wed Nov 26 10:11
        Thanks for this information. I had also wondered what specifically was taught in the mini lessons. The checklist seemed like it had many of the topics that you focused on.
      • writing workshop - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 13:00
        Thanks for the informationTracy! I liked the way that you modeled then had students come up with writing ideas. I think your study is a good example of how to teach writing. I think it is important... more
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