If you loved our WRITING READY Task Cards©, you’re going to love our new DAILY WRITING READY© monthly units, as well! DAILY WRITING READY© is a standards-based program that follows a research-based model of continuous, systematic instruction, building from simple to complex to help students learn and retain skills. In this unit for February, students practice language & writing skills in 10-15 minute daily lessons. Skills taught in this unit include:
•Revising & editing drafts
•Central idea in a topic sentence
•Capitalization (proper nouns; movies; historical events & documents; beginning of sentence)
•Simple & compound sentences
•Fragments, run-ons, & complete sentences
•Punctuation (apostrophes, commas, ending punctuation, quotation marks)
•Time-order transition words
•Introductory elements, names, & phrases
•Contractions & possessive nouns
•Using I and me
•Dates & addresses
•Homophones (for/four, pictures/pitchers, sea/see, their/there/they’re, your/you’re)
•Parts of speech (verbs, proper nouns, correlative conjunctions, comparative & superlative adjectives)
•Spelling (double consonants, plural rules, irregular plurals, other ways to spell “sh,” root words & affixes)
How it Works:
Weeks 1-2: Monday – Thursday, students will practice:
•2 sentence-editing exercises
•2-3 language/vocabulary exercises
•1 sentence-diagramming exercise
•1 exit ticket (a short, 1-2 minute formative assessment linked to the objective of that day’s lessons)
•Friday: students will complete a brief, 1-page formal assessment measuring their understanding of the skills taught during the week. An optional study guide is provided also to give to students on Monday before the test so that parents can work with their children at home throughout the week.
Then, this set is different from our August/September – January sets because for Weeks 3-4: Monday – Thursday, students will read a short STAAR-formatted passage with 2 revising & editing multiple-choice questions & complete 1 exit ticket.
•On Friday, students will read a slightly longer STAAR-formatted passage with 10 revising & editing multiple choice questions and complete an optional expository writing prompt. A 26-lined written composition paper is included, as well as a rubric for scoring the essay.
*This unit is part of our full-year DAILY WRITING READY© growing bundle
(34 weeks of daily lessons & weekly assessments). All TEKS will be covered during the first 20 weeks of the program (August – February week 2). In week 21 (February week 3), the daily lessons will evolve into short STAAR-formatted passages with 2 revising & editing multiple-choice questions each day on Monday-Thursday. The Friday assessments for weeks 21-34 will include a slightly longer STAAR-formatted passage with 10 revising & editing multiple-choice questions and an optional expository writing prompt. The program is designed so that all 4th grade ELA TEKS are covered and reviewed before the STAAR Writing Test; the daily lessons & assessments after the STAAR test will continue to review the 4th grade ELA skills until the end of the school year.
**Though this DAILY WRITING READY© unit was made with our Texas teacher friends in mind, it is also aligned with 4th grade CCSS, making it easily usable by any 4th grade teacher teaching English/Language Arts/Writing all over the U.S.**
***Suggested use with our WRITING READY Task Cards©
•TEKS: 3.23Ci, 4.15C, 4.15D, 4.18A, 4.18Ai, 4.18Aii, 4.18Aiii, 4.20A, 4.20Ai, 4.20Aii, 4.20Aiii, 4.20Avii, 4.20Aviii, 4.20B, 4.20C, 4.21B, 4.21Bi, 4.21C, 4.21Ci, 4.21Cii, 4.22A, 4.22Aiii, 4.22B, 4.22C
•CCSS: L.4.1, L.4.1.F, L.4.1.G, L.4.2, L.4.2.A, L.4.2.B, L.4.2.C, L.4.2.D, L.4.3.A, L.4.4.B, L.5.1.E, L.5.2.B, W.4.2, W.4.2.A, W.4.2.B, W.4.2.E, W.4.5
We hope you like this unit as much as we do, and we’d love to hear your feedback! :)
~Heather & Ashley
Watson Works, LLC
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