Ponderosa Elementary School Writing Plan for Grade Level Writing/Communications Program



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Ponderosa Elementary School

Writing Plan for Grade Level Writing/Communications Program
Aligned with Senate Bill 1, Kentucky Core Academic Standards – Literacy, and Writing Program Review Guidelines
By each type of writing, please indicate the type of communication:

O = oral text, RB = research-based, C = content area, T = text done with technology


Narratives (personal or literary):

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Students will draw a picture of a memorable event that occurred during the summer months. After completing their picture students will have the opportunity to share their experience with the class (O).

Students will present an item to the class in Show-and-Tell. They will describe where and how they got the item and why they like it (O).



First Grade

Memoir - October (T O V)

Personal Narratives – Throughout year (T O V)

Family Tree – September (T O V)

Poetry: Opposites - May (T O V)



Second Grade

W-2-3 Draw-Writes of Events: The students will write a personal narrative about a memorable summer event (August). *O, C

W-2-8 Oral Recording: The students will do a getting to know you/me writing by completing personal survey/inventory (August). *T, O

W-2-1 Author’s Chair Presentation: The students will write and share a “What I love about me” piece (February). *O, C, T


Third Grade

Favorite memory with Grandparents, on Grandparents’ Day (O)

Students will make memory boards to display with pictures and writing.



Fourth Grade

Personal Narrative - T

Fifth Grade

Students write a narrative of a very important event in their lives.

Later, students write a letter of how school is doing

At the end of the year, students write about their thoughts of the middle school.



Informative/Explanatory Texts:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Students will write/draw a picture of the four stages of a butterfly’s life cycle (C).

Students will draw/write a series of pictures to explain how to make their favorite snack. Students will present their work to the class (O).

As a collaborative group, students will create a class book, “All About” nocturnal animals. Students will do research using a selection of books and magazines, and draw illustrations for the book. The teacher will scribe/dictate the text. (C) (RB).


First Grade

Feature Article – Animal information - January/February (RB T)

How To… Piece - February /March (RB T)


Second Grade


W-2-1 Photo Article: The students will illustrate their growth/change over time through the “Look At Me Now” photo article which will include a student written timeline of their life (September). *C, RB

W-2-8 Collaborative Conversation: The students will interview grandparent(s) or other older acquaintance about what life was like when she/he/they were a child (September). *O,T

W-2-3, 5 News Account: The students will work collaboratively as a class to write and report a news account of Grandparents’ Day event (September). *O, C, T, WP

W-2-7, 5 All-About Animal Book: The students will work alone or in pairs to research an animal of their choice using the library, internet, and other sources for an all-about __ book (September/October). *C, RB, T, WP

W-2-7 Directions and Procedures: The students will work in groups to create a poster describing how to complete a procedure needed to maintain good health, such as how to brush teeth (February). *O, C

W-2-1 Book Review E-Mail: The students will write and email a book review of a fiction or nonfiction text to the Daily Independent Newspaper for publishing (April). *C, T, WP



Third Grade

Students will create foldable flip books on plants. C/RB/T

Students will use text, computer, videos and trade books for information.



Fourth Grade

Article/Report on Famous Kentuckians – RB, C, T

Weather Report done with Internet Images – RB, C, T, O


Fifth Grade


Students will demonstrate their How to… speeches for 4 H.

Students will write to a government official about the education in Kentucky.




Opinion Texts:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

As a collaborative group students will create a class book, “When I Grow Up”. Each step of the writing process will be introduced and initiated throughout the creation of this book. (W/P)

First Grade

Book Reviews – Periodically (C O)

Persuasive Article or Letter – March/April (C O)



Second Grade

W-2-1, 5 Persuasive Letter: The students will work alone or in groups to write a letter addressing a problem in our school. Various media such as visuals, video clips, etc. will be incorporated in the letter and presentation (October). *O, RB, C, T, WP

W-2-1 Warning Poster/Sign: The students will work alone or in groups to create a poster or sign warning about the danger of using tobacco or alcohol products (November) *O, RB, C, T

W-2-5 Persuasive Letter: The students will write a letter to the principal, president, or community stakeholder about a problem and a proposed solution (May). *RB, C, T, WP


Third Grade

Students will create a mobile from a hanger that displays traits of being a good citizen. Information will be gathered from text, computers, videos and trade books. C/RB/T


Fourth Grade

Letter asking someone to stop smoking – RB, C, T

Fifth Grade

Students will write to school personnel like cafeteria workers, principal, teachers, or PTA to express their opinion s in order to improve a current issue.


On-Demand Writing:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

During themed centers, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of topics in different content areas by responding to various writing prompts (C/RB)

First Grade

Thank You Letter – April (W/RB/O)

Friendly Letter – December (W/RB/O)

Real-World Writing – Trucks - Communities stories in Reading Groups – As it comes up. (W/RB/O)


Second Grade

W-2-3 Writing to Demonstrate Learning: The students will respond to various prompts in all content areas including reading, math, science, and social studies (August-May). *O, C

W-2-8 Writing-To-Learn Work: The students will create graphic organizers such as T-charts, diagrams, graphs, etc. to classify and organize information (August-May). *C, T



Third Grade

Students will write a letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. on how things have changed due to his work. Information will be gathered from text, computers, videos and trade books. C/RB/T


Fourth Grade

Friendly Letter or Feature Article on Good Citizenship in school (based on rules and responsibilities of citizens learned in Kentucky class) – C

Fifth Grade

Throughout the school year we follow Angela Hildebrand’s instructional method for all areas of on demand writing. We follow standard and innovative forms to teach the six traits of writing for teaching articles and letters to persuade, to narrate, and to inform.


Main Speaking/Listening Experiences:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Students will share prior experiences and personal stories with their classmates and in turn listen attentively while others are sharing. (O)

First Grade

Show and Tell – periodically (O)

Poetry Reading - Quarterly (O)

Use of Eyejot to record various speaking performances (O)


Second Grade

W-2-6 Oral and Multi-Media Exhibit: Working with the teacher and related community stakeholders, the students will use the Mutt-i-gree curriculum to interview each other regarding empathy, character, and how to be proactive about spreading random acts of kindness. These interviews will then be used to create a script of a community service announcement/commercial to be broadcast on the Ponderosa radio station (March). * O, C, T, WP


Third Grade

Group Project/Presentation

Students will work together in small groups. They will research a chosen animal and create a presentation on habitat, life cycle, etc. O/RB/T



Fourth Grade

Book Review- Author’s Chair Video – O, C, T

How-to Speech explaining a math problem – O, C



Fifth Grade

Students will participate in Social Studies projects and 4 H speeches. Each nine weeks, the students present their social studies projects to their peers in the class. The 4 H speech which includes research, how to piece, and includes a classroom presentation with posters.


Main Technology Used:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

“Story Creator” online

Audio/Visual devices to record presentations

Paintbrush software


First Grade

MS Word

United Streaming

Eyejot


Second Grade

Various audio/visual devices to record presentations including computers, digital cameras, ELMO projectors, tape recorders

Internet for research and online story maker software


Third Grade

Computers, Word processors, Internet

Fourth Grade

Computers for typing and research.

Document Camera or video camera for video.

Computer, Elmo, and projector for weather forecast.


Fifth Grade

Students will use computer-based research for social studies projects and for their 4 H speeches.

Students will utilize the History Alive computer-based tutorial for each chapter.




Various constructed responses to reading and content:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Collaboratively as a group, students will create:

Descriptive Poems

Math word problems

Mini books on topics of choice



First Grade

Regular Reader Response to stories in leveled reading groups.

Second Grade

Book Reviews/Opinion Pieces

Writing-to-learn Pieces including T-charts, diagrams, graphs, reading responses, etc.

“Think About It” questions following reading passages across all content areas

Third Grade


Author Study C/T/RB

Students will use Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast themes, settings, and plot by the same authors (E.B. White, Jesse Stuart, Patricia Polocco)



Fourth Grade

Book review from book of choice.

Open responses per book.

Writing Journals

Science Journals



Fifth Grade

book summaries

3-dimensional book reports

Students write open responses to math, social studies, and science.



Various writing/language Exercises:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Students will create a daily morning message. (O)

Students will construct sentences using the weekly word list. (C/O)



First Grade

Spelling Dictation Sentences – Weekly (C/T/O)

Language Mechanics Instruction during Reading Groups - Weekly(C/T/O)

Drops in the Bucket instruction in Reading - Regularly(C/T/O)


Second Grade

Daily journal writings for self-reflection

Science journals to record science observations, hypotheses, results

Daily oral language work

Weekly sentence builder work and writing fluency work

Bi-weekly Angela Hilterbrand activities


Third Grade

Daily oral language journals

Daily English Lessons (C/T)



Fourth Grade

Grammar and Punctuation Rule Book – Evan-Moor and supplement each rule given with various sources.

Weekly Journal Writing - personal narratives, short stories, poems

Poetry Unit

On-Demand Writing Prompts



Fifth Grade

Journal writing with given journal prompts. Topics include holidays, birthdays, current events, authors, math, and science.

Learning the sentence and paragraph structures to prepare for writing throughout the school year.





Various Writings to Learn, including student reflections on learning:

Grade Level

Evidence

Kindergarten

Journal Entries

First Grade

Letter to Next Year’s Teacher – May (I/W)

Second Grade

Exit slips, flashbacks, quick checks, journal entries

Third Grade

Book reviews and summaries C/T

Reading Journals C/T



Fourth Grade

Science Journal

Writing Journal

Poetry

Book Reviews



Common assessments with student reflections

Fifth Grade

Math reflections about daily lessons

Exit slips for “I can” statements











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