Elementary ( Grades1 – 5): Returning Writers

Returning Writer_MC

All returning writers will begin at an intermediate to the proficient level of instruction in their respective grade group. (Levels of instruction are classified into Basic or Beginner, Intermediate, Proficient & Advanced.)

Returning writers also understand the dynamics, rigor and the pace of the writing workshop. Hence, their take-home assignments will involve more complex work compared to a beginning writer.

The first week will also be targeted towards the revision of all concepts learned during the previous workshops. This will help with retention of key concepts, and serve as the foundation for advanced lessons in the following weeks.

Topics Covered

Freewriting, journaling and understanding the writing process will continue to be taught to the returning writers as they serve as fundamentals in every writing task.

A sample of mini-lessons covered during the workshop:

Following are some of the mini-lessons covered for returning writers. Depending on the student’s aptitude and writing ability, mini-lessons may be modified to provide additional reinforcements and/or challenges. Curriculum for mini-lessons is based on Common Core requirements.

Please note while returning writers will work on trait lessons such as ideas, organization etc. again it will be at a grade level higher than they are used to learning in the previous session. Hence, expect the lessons to be a little more complex and challenging.

Journals/Essays: In addition to the above, all students will be exposed to at least  three to four different genres of writing in which they will be taught to write and publish journals or essays. Learning to write well-developed journals and essays is the ultimate goal for every writer.

Lower Elementary (1 – 3) – Sample list of topics from the previous session (Students will learn new genres in the Winter/Spring session)

  • Mini-Lesson: Ideas for Writing (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson : Organization (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson : Word Choice (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson: Compare & Contrast ; Cause & Effect
  • Mini-Lesson: Reading Comprehension & Writing
  • Mini-Lesson: Grade Level Spelling, Vocabulary & Grammar
  • Journal Genres : Grade Level Descriptive, Informative, Narrative 
  • Creative Writing : Poetry 

Upper Elementary (4 & 5) – Sample list of topics from the previous session (Students will learn new genres in the Winter/Spring session)

  • Mini-Lesson: Ideas for Writing (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson : Organization (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson : Word Choice (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson : Word Choice (Using grade level 6 + 1 Traits)
  • Mini-Lesson:  Response to Literature & Research Writing
  • Mini-Lesson: Reading Comprehension & Writing
  • Essay Genres : Grade Level Descriptive, Expository, Narrative and Persuasive
  • Creative Writing : Poetry 

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