Writers Workshop for Grade 1 ELA Instruction
Teachers, educators and administrators are provided countless resources when it comes to ELA instruction, in order to effectively teach curriculum that yields student achievement where reading and writing are concerned. However, the common core, a system designed that is relevant and practical in real life, is useful in that it gives the knowledge and skills that young learners need for success in college and career. Therefore, this project will be designed with the incorporation of much of its standards to guide the following lessons and activities.
This project will mainly focus on one ELA component; writing, through writing workshop. Writing workshop is a method of teaching writing where students are given a set of procedures for planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their writing with the help of procedural guidelines. Also, it allows for students to write in different writing styles like persuasive, expository and how-to essays, which ultimately help to foster a love of writing. Workshops give teachers the chance to meet the needs of their students by diversifying and tailoring their instruction based on information gathered throughout the workshop.
While Writing Workshop is typically a classroom approach, the instructional content of this course will be designed and tailored for the online classroom, although it can also be applied in the classroom. Therefore, it will simultaneously introduce the idea of the Multimedia workshop as students will use links, and online materials to assist them in their writings.
Purpose of Course The purpose of this course is to introduce Writers Workshop from a student teacher approach in which students learn some common core ELA standards; in a fun and exciting way.
Learners The targeted audience of this project are first grade students. The units and lessons in this design will therefore be grade appropriate and tailored to meet the developmental and curricular needs of students. The purpose of this project is to teach students to write authentic and creative stories because they are writing to authentic audiences.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- Provide some sense of closure and write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
- Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Resources and References
- "New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy" http://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-p-12-common-core-learning-standards-for-english-language-arts-and-literacy
- "Teaching Kids About Revising (Writing Workshop Lesson)" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBKqgOvmJ8w
- "First Grade Writing Curriculum Calendar" http://www.brownco.k12.in.us/links/curriculum/elementary/uploads/Grade%201%20Writing%20Units%20of%20Study.pdf
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: Instructional Support Tools for Teaching New Standards http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/common-core-tools/unpacking/ela/1.pdf
- "Instructional Model for Highly Effective ELA and Content Literacy" http://www.bcpss.org/bbcswebdav/institution/PUBLICINFO1112/CAO%20Leadership%20Institute%20SY11-12/March%201-2,%202012/Instructional%20Models%20for%20ELA%20and%20Mathematics/ELA%20and%20Content%20Literacy/PreK-8/Instructional%20Models%20for%20ELA%20PreK-8.overview%20PPT.pdf
- Peha, Steve. "Welcome to Writers Workshop" http://www.ttms.org/PDFs/05%20Writers%20Workshop%20v001%20(Full).pdf