Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Note from Your Writing Committee - Starting Off!

Good Morning, Everyone,

Welcome back to the start of an exciting school year.  Your writing committee has been busy this summer preparing for the implementation of the Calkins Writing Workshop in the K-5 classrooms.

Today you will receive your materials for the upcoming year.  The district has purchased the Calkins Units of study for each grade level, as well as a copy of assessment text, Writing Pathways.  Together, these two texts will provide us a framework as we implement the writing workshops in our classrooms.  I understand several of the teachers on our team have worked with the program before and  we are all looking forward to having them share their experiences with us.

We will be meeting as a team on October 13 as a team.  Between now and then:
  •  please administer the narrative prompts to your students and bring them to the meeting.  We will score them there.  Please use your your copy of Writing Pathways to administer the assessments.  Be sure to follow the directions carefully and take notes on writing behaviors as directed.  Please bring your copy of Writing Pathways to the meeting as well.
  • please review your copy of A Guide to the Writing Workshop, appropriate for your grade level, and come prepared to discuss the highlights of the book as it relates to your class.  If you have any questions you would like to discuss as a team, please bring them to the meeting.
  •  please review the framework below.  It is a quick outline of Calkins' workshop in general.  I will also post it on the Writing 2016-2017 on the Vinalhaven Blog.  You can leave any comments or suggestions you have there.

Finally,  please take a minute and go to the Vinalhaven Blog and familiarize yourself with it.  Please sign up to follow the blog by e-mail.  This way, you will receive notices of when something is posted.  You will find the gadget to do this on the right hand side of the blog.  It looks like this:

Thank you for your time.

Wishing you a great year.

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have a question on need assistance.

See you soon,      Darlene   

Vinalhaven Writing Workshop
Mini-lesson Format

Topic : _____________________   Session:  #____           Date:_______ 

Getting Ready:


*Name the Teaching Point:


Active Engagement:


Conferring and Small Group: 

Conferring - Students:

Small Groups – Students:

Mid-Workshop Teaching:


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