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Writing Instruction: Together We are Going Above and Beyond
Beginning in kinder, do our children
understand the reciprocity of reading and writing? Writing provides the real world relevance to learn phonics and grammatical rules. Reading provides examples of writers’ craft, authors’ purpose,
choice of words, and use of figurative language. Writing gives us insight and inspires. We should strive to read through the lens of a writer and write through the lens of a reader. We also want to
keep students’ individualism and artistic voices alive and full of imagination and wonder.
A first grade quote, “What I write I can read; what I read I can write.”
So with that simple understanding may our goals be ….
Our Students will:
- Develop a love for writing and understand
its value in their lives.
- Write often throughout the day and across
curriculum for many purposes and varied audiences.
- Understand how to use the writing process to
compose their works of importance.
- Use thinking maps and other tools
cooperatively and independently to organize, plan, and revise writing.
- Maintain and use writing portfolios as a
tool for reflection and analysis and meta cognition.
Our Teachers will:
- Cultivate a classroom culture supporting
inquiries and writings, allowing for student choices and topic selections. Choice = voice.
- Be able to develop relevant mini lessons
that are connected with other classroom instruction and have real world relevance.
- Provide feedback to the writers and assess
individual's as well as the overall writing achievement in the classroom. This may be done by student interviews and the use of rubrics and portfolios.
- Honor and celebrate Students'
Our School will:
- Establish a common focus and school
accountability for student performance.
- Be able to instruct students according to
their individual levels of writing achievement regardless of grade level placement.
- Be able to identify areas of strength and
areas needing improvement by grade levels and to develop a plan for meeting those needs.
- Honor and Celebrate Student Writing