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):
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).
Memoir - October (T O V)
Personal Narratives – Throughout year (T O V)
Family Tree – September (T O V)
Poetry: Opposites - May (T O V)
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
Favorite memory with Grandparents, on Grandparents’ Day (O)
Students will make memory boards to display with pictures and writing.
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.
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).
Feature Article – Animal information - January/February (RB T)
How To… Piece - February /March (RB T)
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
Students will create foldable flip books on plants. C/RB/T
Students will use text, computer, videos and trade books for information.
Article/Report on Famous Kentuckians – RB, C, T
Weather Report done with Internet Images – RB, C, T, O
Students will demonstrate their How to… speeches for 4 H.
Students will write to a government official about the education in Kentucky.
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)
Book Reviews – Periodically (C O)
Persuasive Article or Letter – March/April (C O)
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
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
Letter asking someone to stop smoking – RB, C, T
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.
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)
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)
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
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
Friendly Letter or Feature Article on Good Citizenship in school (based on rules and responsibilities of citizens learned in Kentucky class) – C
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:
Students will share prior experiences and personal stories with their classmates and in turn listen attentively while others are sharing. (O)
Show and Tell – periodically (O)
Poetry Reading - Quarterly (O)
Use of Eyejot to record various speaking performances (O)
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
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
Book Review- Author’s Chair Video – O, C, T
How-to Speech explaining a math problem – O, C
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.