Goal-Setting Posters for Informational Writing for Grade 2 Writers
As a teacher of writing, I found that because kids are developing at different stages and have differing needs, the writing process needed to be broken down for some more than others. With that being said, I have created writing goal posters that cover content and conventions/mechanics of writing. I have also included more goals than you will need for your kids to be successful. These goals align with Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study, Unit 2 Information Writing. This unit is comprised of three bends and links science into the kids’ writing. It begins with children designing a science experiment using questions that they have about the world around them. It encourages kids to write like scientists while they are learning to write procedures and then lab reports. They are using what they have learned about forces and motion to write a teaching book in the last bend. It seems like it would be complicated but it’s all about movement (skateboarding, pinball, ice skating etc.) and kids come up with lots of ideas. As a celebration, the kids hold a science exhibition where they do their experiments and then share their writing that will teach others something they know a lot about. You can find all of the Units of Study HERE. The program aligns with the demands of Common Core beautifully.
A brilliant customer of mine encouraged me to turn Narrative Writing Labels for K-1 into mini posters that she could hang on a bulletin board. From there she differentiates the needs of her students by adding their name next to the goal they are working on. Included in this product are editable labels to add your kids’ names. I would suggest making a sheet of labels for each child with their name. This way the kids could be working on more than one goal at a time.
Prior to writing and after my mini-lesson, I have the kids read over their goals. At the close of the workshop, they once again read over their goals to reinforce what they are working on and then the process starts again at the next workshop. I found that they are extremely effective at having the kids evaluate and reflect on their writing throughout the process, not just on the final product. Hopefully, you will find that as the rigors of the Common Core abound, these will assist you and your students in meeting those high standards.
Included in this product are the posters and editable name plates!!
Goals are written in first person and are as follows:
-teach important information
-beginning will name a subject to interest readers
-use words like also and and to say more
-conduct multiple trials
-different parts will tell different information
-tell what to do and how to do it
-talk, sketch, and teach to revise
-give tips to show different information
-use words that show expertise
-spell all of the word wall words correctly
-make a table of contents
-use spelling patterns to help spell (-tion, -er, -ly)
-use apostrophes when writing contractions
-ask a question
-add new voice in a different size or color
-use dashes to add definitions
-use arrows to show how something works
-analyze results and write a conclusion
-make a “you will need” section
-draw pictures that teach with labels/details
-use senses to make a description
-include detailed measurements
-ask who, what, why, when and how to add details
-make comparisons to help teach
-spell a word different ways and chose the one that looks right
-use Google to help spell
-use a dictionary to help spell
All of the above are included in the posters plus two more that are not part of the label sets
-use punctuation at the end of every sentence
-read goals before and after writing
Also included is a graphic organizer of “Stars” and “Wishes” for feedback to revise the teaching book
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