2nd Grade Writing Workshop Unit 1: Constructing Our Writing Lives
Our first unit of second grade writing workshops is designed to help you teach your writers how to construct their writing lives and build solid writing habits that can be used throughout the school year and in the future. This unit is perfect in setting up the writing skills that you want your students to continue in all genres of writing. As you use this unit, you will be implementing a unit that is aligned with a number of the Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1.A. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1.B. Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1.C. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
As your students move through this unit, you will be creating a foundation of writing habits for your students and setting them up for success throughout second grade and into the future.
This unit is about understanding the fundamentals of writing during a writing workshop. You will teach your students how to get started with writing, how to plan their work both alone and with partners, how to set writing goals, and how to revise, edit, and publish their work. Your focus is on introducing your students to writing habits they will be able to use independently in the future. In order to help your students understand that they all have ideas worth writing about, we focused this unit on informational writing, topics your students know a lot about, as this will ensure that all students have several ideas for writing.
The first week is designed to help your students understand how to get started with their writing work, which can often be the most challenging aspect of writing time. They will learn how to get to work right away, brainstorming writing ideas and writing. You will also teach them to solve their own problems as they are writing, such as what to do when writers finish one writing piece or how to figure out the spelling of a difficult word. As you continue through the unit, your little writers will learn how to plan their work, consider their audience, add more to their work, and discuss their writing with partners. Moving into the third week of this unit, you will remind your writers to consult their list of possible writing topics as they complete one piece so they can write many informational pieces. You will share with your writers the idea of revising and rewriting parts of their work in preparation for final edits during the last week of the unit. Your final week will focus on working with partners to make sure our writing makes sense to readers, fixing up spelling and punctuation, then rewriting and publishing writing work. At the close of this unit, your class will have a writing celebration. We have included a rubric to help you evaluate how each of your writers performed the writing strategies you taught them during this unit in their own writing lives. Individual student recording sheets and conference recording sheets are included with this unit.
Here is what you will find in this writing unit of study:
1. A short overview of the structure of writing workshops
2. Calendar and outline of all of the mini-lessons for this unit of study (20
3. Weekly segments:
a. Week At A Glance (a preview for the upcoming week, the
Common Core Standards you will cover in the week, and supplies
for the week)
b. 20 Detailed Lesson Plans (1 for each day of the week)
c. Handouts and anchor charts for each day
d. Multiple types of publishing paper and compliment sheets for the celebration day, along with a student reflection sheet
4. Conferencing sheets, a rubric, and a Letter to Caregivers for the unit. (We like to give the Letter to Caregivers to the families of our students during the first day or two of the unit so they know what to expect.)
Have fun watching your little writers construct their writing lives!
Be sure to check out our 2nd Grade Reading Units of Study:
Unit 1: Constructing Our Reading LivesUnit 2: Flexing Our Reading MusclesUnit 3: Investigating the Minds of CharactersUnit 4: Navigating Through NonfictionUnit 5: Revving Up For Series ReadingUnit 6: Diving Deeper Into Nonfiction
Here are our units of study focused on amazing authors and texts:
Ezra Jack Keats: Reader's and Writer's Workshop Author SeriesNancy Carlson: Reader's and Writer's Workshop Author SeriesThe Polar Express: A Reading and Writing Unit of Study
Here are our mini units of study focused on Targeted Reading Skills:
Fables and Folktales [Central Message and Story Elements] Reading Unit of StudyFairy Tales [Comparing and Contrasting Characters] Reading Unit of StudyLittle Red Riding Hood [Point of View] Reading Unit of StudyMartin Luther King, Jr. [Author's Purpose and Main Ideas] Reading Unit of StudyPolar Animals [Text Features in Nonfiction Texts] Reading Unit of StudyPresidents of America [Main Idea & Key Details] Reading Unit of StudyThe Human Body [Comparing & Contrasting Texts] Reading Unit of Study
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