Start off the school year right! Help your students learn how to self-regulate their reading behaviors, manage and utilize the classroom library, develop creative poetic interests, and feel confident in their ability to write stories.
The following document includes a 6 week language arts unit plan for 1) reader's workshop (Reader's Notebook and independent reading), 2) poetry workshop, and 3) writer's workshop. The unit plan is designed to have the reading, writing, and poetry lessons build on one another, when applicable.
The reading unit includes 25 lessons. After these lessons, the teacher can repeat lessons as needed by the class, select groups, or individual students. The reading lessons are intertwined with poetry and writing lessons. Both the unit lesson plans for the poetry and writer's workshops include 15 lessons, encompassing 15 weeks of instruction. These lessons can also be repeated as necessary.
The reading unit lesson plans are designed to help students learn the following:
- What independent reading is
- Setting up and navigating a classroom library
- Categories of reading materials
- When and why people stop reading books
- How to discuss books with other students
- Using a Reader's Notebook to record books read and write letters about students' thinking while reading independently
- Writing and evaluating book reports.
Three rubrics are included, one to assess the Reader's Notebook (used by the student writing the letter and for teacher assessment), one for self-evaluation, and one for peer-evaluation.
The poetry unit includes:
- 15 lessons (intended to be taught one day a week to allow for plenty of time applying the skills taught in each lesson) covering the following:
----- Connect To and Determining Meaning
----- Writing and Revising
----- Alliteration Poems
----- Acrostic Poems
----- Diamante Poems
----- Haiku Poems
----- Cinquain Poems
----- Publishing, Illustrating, and Orally Presenting Poetry (including poems written by the students)
The document also includes 5 rubrics for assessing written poems, reflective essays on the meaning of poems, and presenting poems.
The writer's workbook unit lesson plans cover 15 lessons (designed to be taught one day a week allowing for plenty of time to apply the skills taught in each lesson). The topics taught include:
- Lesson 1: What is a writer’s notebook?
- Lesson 2: What makes an unforgettable story?
- Lesson 3: Why is writing with specific, small details is important?
- Lesson 4: What is a "seed idea?"
- Lesson 5: What is the secret to writing? (Intro 6+1 Trait Writing)
- Lesson 6: Finding an idea to write about
- Lesson 7: What kinds of settings are conducive to writing?
- Lesson 8: Ways to publish and/or publically share written work
- Lesson 9: Relax, have fun, and "go with the flow" in the writing process
- Lesson 10: Importance of rereading
- Lesson 11: Importance of revising
- Lesson 12: Importance of proofreading
- Lesson 13: How to deal with writer's block
- Lesson 14: Brainstorming, new ways to think about writing
- Lesson 15: Reflecting and continuing on as writer's for life
Please be aware that these lessons incorporate two books by Ralph Fletcher (listed below) which are read aloud to the class.
Fletcher, R. (1996). A writer’s notebook: Unlocking the writer within you. New York,, NY: HarperTrophy.
Fletcher, R. (2000). How writers work: Finding a process that works for you. New York,, NY: HarperTrophy.