In writing, we continue to learn new strategies which are helping little friends build their writing stamina and become better writers. We are now at the point in the year that if writing time is missed someone will say “Mrs. Zanchelli, we didn’t get to write today!?!?!” This makes me happy and even more excited to continue down our writing journey with my friends.
Common Core Alignment:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners aboutgrade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
One of our latest strategies in Lucy Calkins’ program was “writing buddies.” Students were each assigned a writing buddy. This buddy is someone who students will sit next to during writing time. This partner is to help each child with his/her writing.
After doing a mini-lesson on how partners should work together we came up with these four steps (guidance was given from the book.)
Click the here or the picture below to grab this freebie to help students remember the steps of working with their reading buddies.