I struggle with teaching writing. And this group seems to be the one that I really need to teach writing. Low interest? Not inclined? Whatever the reason I seem to be treading water when I look at our results after nine weeks of school. (It might be because the writing time seems to get short-changed in minutes.) So...I tried moving our writing to earlier in the morning.
Phonics and Word Work
I thought if I knew it would be included each and every day I would feel better. I had given my kids opportunities. I had used a short mini-lesson.
I have used Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Primary Writers. Really Good Stuff (pardon the pun). But in the past I haven't moved through the units. I've hit a lesson. I've moved a couple of lessons forward or backward or to the next book.
But I think I finally hit on one thing that is working this year. Reading the pieces to peers or the group. This seems to be the key to instilling in writers the need to add details, check their work, etc.
Now, my next goal is to model more. I hesitate to "show" because my stories invariably become their stories. Any help on that one?