Lower Elementary Writing Curriculum

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2016 Fall New Elementary            2016  Fall Returning Elementary 

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Based on the initial assessment, each student in the workshop will be assigned to a Beginner, Intermediate or an Advanced level curriculum within a specified grade range.Grade range: Lower Elementary (Grades K, 1, and 2)Learn To Write Now will incorporate the National Common Core Standards for English Language Arts in its curriculum with a focus for instruction to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. In addition, every student will have the opportunity to work on creative writing projects through a personalized & exclusive curriculum to bring the true writer in each child.

  • The writers in this grade range are anywhere between the emergent to transitional stage(  Refer: Stages in Writing Development) and are predominantly expressing their ideas through a combination of drawings and words with invented spellings.
  • All writers in this grade range are exposed to the writing process using 6+ 1 traits.
  • All writers will write on topics that interest them, while also learning to express their ideas to carefully selected prompts.
  • Proper pencil grip & good handwriting are reinforced.
  • Beginning grammar concepts are established.

BEGINNER

(Typically Kindergartners & Some 1st Graders)

Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing students will,

  • compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is . . .)
  • compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
  • With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
  • With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

INTERMEDIATE

(Typically Grade 1 Students)

Intermediate Writers will exhibit adequate mastery of all beginner level skills and in addition will, 

  • 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.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • 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.

ADVANCED

(Typically Grade 2 Students)

Advanced Writers will exhibit adequate mastery of all intermediate level skills and in addition will, 

  • Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
  • Advanced writers in this grade range will also work on a variety of grammar and vocabulary concepts throughout the workshop.