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Writing Resources

About Writers' Workshop:

Inside Writing Communities Gr. 3-5
A video workshop for grades 3–5 teachers; 8 half-hour workshop video programs, 8 half-hour classroom video programs, workshop guide, and Web site.

Lucy Calkins - Units of Study
Written by Lucy Calkins & Colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Reading and Writing Workshop
This page will give you an in depth look at a morning in Jennifer Meyers' classroom, including Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, Authors' Chair, and Word Study.

Setting Norms: Rituals and Routines to Support the Workshop Approach Jennifer Meyers is a 2nd grade teacher profiled in Inside Teaching - a living archive of practice (a project of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).

Writers' Workshop
These pages (from  introduce Writer's Workshop implementations for K-3 and upper elementary students.

Mrs. Meachem's Writing Mini Lessons
This is a terrific site filled with many helpful ideas.

Beth Newingham's 3rd Grade Writers' Workshop
What does Writers' Workshop look like? Beth gives a detailed explanation of their workshop with many pictures.  Excellent!

Mandy Gregory's Writing Workshop
Mandy has been using a writers' workshop approach for several years.  Don't miss this site!


Touchstone Books/Mentor Texts:

Jessica Meachem's Book List for Writing Minilessons
Fantastic! Over 100 pages to print out with minilessons and book ideas.  See webpage version at her site

Mark White Video Clips
Worth watching

Using Picture Books to Teach Narrative and Six Trait Writing
Sandra Berry and others offer a bibliography of picture books separated into individual lists according to writing traits. Annotations for curriculum connections and character traits are included. Unique, useful resource for teachers using literature to teach writing.

Resources for Writing Mini-Lessons
List of book titles to use in mini-lessons

WritingFix Picture Books and the 6 Traits
They offer free interactive lessons based on picture books.

Beyond Sharing the Book: Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts To Engage Students in Effective Reading and Writing 
Book titles aligned with traits

More Mini Lessons
When I Was Young in the Mountains, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Where the Wild Things Are are used in mini-lessons.

6 + 1 Traits:

6 + 1 Trait Writing
 Go to Resources, Select topic: Literacy - you'll read page about 6 Traits.

OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Elementary Students
 Excellent explanations, graphic organizers, and more.

Mini-lesson of the Month
From the Northern Nevada Writing Project reflecting its continued efforts to support teachers who are using the Writers' Workshop format as a way to encourage authentic and choice-based writing in their classrooms

Six Traits Lesson Plans
Some outstanding lessons

Six Traits Writing Assessment
Not just about assessment

InterActive Six Trait Writing Process
Very interesting site - provides explanations, examples, and you can set up a free account to track your class work

Mini Lessons for Six Traits
Lessons for each trait, mostly for grades 1-3

Six Traits Posters
Free printable posters

Other Resources:

Developmental Stages of Writing
Descriptions, photo samples of various writing stages

The Write Source Site
Student writing examples and grade level writing topics; ways to publish your students’ work online

Writing A-Z
Core  writing lessons grouped by genre and text type, mini-lessons targeting key writing skills, writing tools for organizing and improving writing.

Four Square Writing Method for Grades 1-3
This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose.

RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

Stapleless Book
This neat site is from ReadWriteThink; make an 8-page mini-book online.   It really works!

Story Frame Writing

Proteacher - The Writing Process

First Grade Personal Narrative Rubric

Teachers' Bookshelf

Here's a list of books from my home book shelf.  These are the sources I reach for when I'm struggling to make a lesson better or solve a teaching problem related to reading or writing. The links will take you to or International Reading Association, not to suggest you buy the book there, but just to give further information.


Growing Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom
by Kathy Collins

Reading for Real : Teach Students to Read with Power, Intention, and joy in K-3 Classrooms by Kathy Collins

Reading With Meaning :Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades
 by Debbie Miller

Guided Reading  by Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell

Mosaic of Thought:  Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
by Susan Zimmermann & Ellin Oliver Keene

7 Keys to Comprehension: How to help your kids read it and get it!
by Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins

Reading Power - Teaching Students to Think While They Read by Adrienne Gear

Just-Right Comprehension Mini-Lessons Grade 1  by Cheryl Sigmon

Building Fluency:  Lessons and Strategies for Reading Success by Wiley Blevins

Teaching for Comprehension in Reading Grades K-2  by Gay Su Pinnell & Patricia L. Scharer

Choice Words: How our words affect children's learning by Peter Johnston

Classrooms That Work by Patricia Cunningham & Richard Allington

Differentiating for the Young Child: Teaching Strategies Across the Content Areas (K-3) by Joan Franklin Smutny and S.E. von Fremd

Good-Bye Round Robin:  25 Effective Oral Reading Strategies
by Michael Opitz & Timothy V. Rasinski

Guided Reading:  Making It Work by Mary Browning Schulman &  Carleen DaCruz Payne

How To Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Invitations:  Changing As Teachers and Learners K-12 by Regie Routman

Literacy Work Stations:  Making Centers Work  by Debbie Diller

Month-By-Month Phonics by Patricia Cunningham & Dorothy Hall

On Their Way:  Celebrating Second Graders as They Read and Write
by Jane Fraser & Donna Skolnick

Revisit, Reflect, Retell - Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension
by Linda Hoyt

Running Records for Classroom Teachers by Marie Clay

Small-Group Reading Instruction: A Differentiated Teaching Model for Beginning and Struggling Readers  by Beverly Tynner

Strategies That Work:  Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
by Stephanie Harvey & Anne Gouvdvis

Taking Running Records by Mary Shea

The Daily 5- Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades
by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser

The Struggling Reader - Interventions that Work
by J. David Cooper, David Chard, Nancy Kiger

The Teacher's Guide to the Four Blocks by Patricia Cunningham, Dorothy Hall, and Cheryl Sigmon

True Stories From Four-Blocks Classrooms edited by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall

What are the Other Kids Doing?  ...while you teach small groups  by Donna Marriott

Word Journeys:  Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction  by Kathy Ganske

Word Matters:  Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom by Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas


First Grade Writers: Units of Study to Help Children Plan, Organize, and Structure Their Ideas  by Stephanie Parsons

Units of Study for Primary Writing:  A Year-long Curriculum K-2
by Lucy Calkins and others

Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Beginning Writing, K-3
by Lori Jamison Rog

No More "I'm Done!" by Jennifer Jacabson

Mentor Texts by Lynn Dorfman & Rose Cappelli

6 + 1 Traits of Writing for the Primary Grades  by Ruth Culham

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits  by Ruth Culham

Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results  by Lori D. Oczkus

About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers
by Lisa Cleveland and Katie Wood Ray

Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom
by Katie Wood Ray

...And With a Light Touch - Learning about Reading, Writing, and Teaching with First Graders by Carol Avery

Four Square Writing Method for Grades 1-3  
by Judith S. and Evan Jay Gould

Getting the Most Out of Morning Message and Other Shared Writing Lessons
by Carleen DaCruz Payne & Mary Browning Schulman

Just-Right Writing Mini-Lessons Grade 1
 by Cheryl M. Sigmon and Sylvia M. Ford

Quick Tips: Morning Message  by Anne Adams et al

Kid Writing:  A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals, and Writing Workshop   by Eileen G. Feldgus & Isabell Cardonick

On Solid Ground   by Sharon Taberski

In the Middle: Writing, Reading and Learning with Adolescents
by Nancie Atwell

On Their Way:  Celebrating Second Graders as They Read and Write by Jane Fraser & Donna Skolnick

The Daily 5- Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades  by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser

The Literacy Center:  Contexts for Reading and Writing
by Lesley Mandel Morrow

A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation by Janet Angelillo

The Mailbox BOOKBAG Magazine  Great ideas for using children's literature

The Poetry Corner  by Arnold Cheyney (grades 4 and up)

A Poem A Day by Helen Moore


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