The units taught are mostly based on the series of books by Lucy Calkins and Leah Mermelstein.  This is an excellent series of lessons that can be followed successfully with very little modification.

One, Stop! Writing

Be sure to check out my new process  and the materials I am using for improving student writing.  After only a couple of weeks, my students are starting to take responsibility for editing their own papers.  I am meeting with every student several times each day.  This is so easy compared to my previous Writers' Workshop conferencing where students would write all week and I only meet with them once a week.  They had so much time to develop bad habits with little teacher input.  Our writing is much improved!  Check it out!



Writing Resources

Writing Rubric

This is the rubric I use for assessing the students' writing.  It is based on a good thing- the cupcake.  Everyone gets a cupcake only some are more fancy than others.  We can get more decorations on our cupcake if we add more details to our writing. 

These are cards to use when explaining writing rubric to class.




This rubric including the cupcake theme is used to assess a student's writing skills and to help set goals for future writing. 

This page is not unit specific but can be used to set goals all year.



Writing Product Assessment.docx

The big pencil is an idea I have taken from Mrs. Meachums's website.  She had one for kindergarten that has first step of making and labeling an illustration.




Around the middle of the year, it was time to update the pencil to focus more on editing "Make It Right."  Students have a small pencil on their tables and a large sign hanging up.  Students are reponsible for doing their own editing.  See One, Stop! Writing for more info. 



This is where you can find numeral writing, paper for numeral or letter practice, numeral writing anchors of support to put on student desks, and happy face for classroom door writing practice.                 Numeral   Resources

Writing Papers

Start the year with this paper that has room for an illustration and one sentence.  It comes in three different formats:  standard, Handwriting Without Tears, and Handwriting Without Tears using the One Stop Format.




This writing paper is for the third or fourth month of school when the students are writing more.  The illustration box is smaller than the first of the year.  The second page is all lined so the story can continue.



This paper is lined only with no space for illustrations and landscape orientation.




Lucy Calkins' Unit Plans and Resource

Launching the Writer's Workshop




Lesson Plans for Launching






When I am Done.docx

Word Writing Steps.doc

Small Moments 




Lesson Plans for Small Moments Unit


 Plans are from different years with the most recent on the top.  As focus in school has changed, the plans have differed accordingly.


 Questions and discussion to use when conferencing with students about Small Moments stories.

Small Moments confer..doc


Anchor to use when teaching about "fixing up a piece."

S.M. Fix up piece.doc


Learning buddies work together to find places to "fix up this piece."

small moments editing.doc


Just as a watermelon has many seeds that make up the whole melon, a story has parts or events that make up the whole.  Students think of an event or "small moment" and list the parts of it on the seeds.


Rubric to share with students so that they are aware of the expectations for their Small Moments work.

Writing Product Assessment_small_moment.doc


Sign to include with bulletin board display that shares the learning expectations for the Small Moments unit.

bulletin board.doc
Writing for Readers  
Craft of Revision 


The condensed plans are missing week 23.


 Sign to include with bulletin board display that shares the learning expectations.

Rubric to share with students so that they are aware of the expectations for their Craft of Revision work.



Students look at their own work and check the appropriate boxes.



Another assessment piece that uses 3 different levels of performance.

 Craft.Revision. Process.Assessment.doc


Guests at an Authors' Tea can respond to the students' writing on this page.


Authors As Mentors 



 Plans are from different years with the most recent on the top.  As focus in school has changed, the plans have differed accordingly.


Use this student written story to look for elements of Johnson's writing.

  Author.mentorStory.Style. Johnson.doc

This page is to attaach with student writing on the bulletin board.  it explains the Authors as Mentors unit.


This is to use when conferencing with a student to discuss his/her rogress during the unit.





Students look at their own work and check the appropriate boxes.





Share this rubric with students at the beginning of the unit so that they are aware of the expectations for their writing.





This is used at the Authors' Tea.  Readers of student work can write a brief comment about the writing.




 Fictional Stories.plans.doc  

These are the lesson plans.


January 2012.fiction.doc

This is the schedule of lessons.








These are the lesson plans.

February 2012.poetry.doc

March 2012.poetry.doc

These are the schedule of lessons.

 All of the poems included in the plans can be found in Poetry Resources under reading.

 Post-It Poetry

 Post-It Poetry is an activity that is for two students working as Learning Buddies.  The students brainstorm ideas and impressions about the given topic.  Then the students are all given a Post-It note to record their thoughts.  I ask the students not to write sentences, but just short phrases.  I gather the notes and decide which two notes go together.  I am the editor and then the students publish their work.  To publish the Thunderstorm poems, the students used Comic Life.  Each student selected an image, the font for the title, and the color for the text.   They typed their own words.  I saved them all as jpeg and put them in the PowerPoint presentation.




Poetry Adaptations

One of the easiest ways to write poetry is to take a poem and write an adaptaion having the students change the words.  A great poem (song) to use is Down By the Bay.  Check out our adaptaions in our PowerPoint presentation.








story.elements.ppt  This is the Powerpoint presentation to use for instruction about the elements of a story.

 characters 640x480.jpg


  Students brainstorm possible character ideas to use in their stories.

 settings 640x480.jpg

setting.ideas.doc  Students brainstorm possible settings for their stories.



Students determine different problems that their character could encounter in their story.



Students determine different solutions to the problem they have chosen for their story.