The purpose of this blog is to provide a space to share teaching ideas that deal with writing - K to 12.
Recently, I have been working in schools, implementing the Calkins' Units of Study that are aligned with the CCSS. This program and the rubrics that accompany it are often used as a framework to meet proficiency guidelines.
I will continue to post articles that support these processes.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Following are some great articles on the creation and use of anchor charts in your classrooms. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
January 18, 2014 - Issue #366
Reading a Community
The power of the people is much stronger than the people in power.
A second-grade teacher in my building got a surprise the
other day. We'd just come back from our holiday break to tackle the
second half of the school year. Mrs. Hurto gathered her
second graders for read-aloud, as she always did just before the class went off to lunch. "Ooooh! What Sisters
Grimm book are we going to start?" one of them asked eagerly. "We're going to take a break from Sisters Grimm," she told them.
"I have another great book I know you'll like." Instantly, all the students surrounding her protested. Loudly. "No!" they said. "We want Sisters Grimm! We missed
the stories over break and were excited
for a new one!" Mrs. Hurto persisted.
"There are so many wonderful books out there; I want to try some new
ones. You'll like it. Trust me." With that, she opened the new book and
began to read. The students listened, sullen and with eyes
downcast. Mrs. Hurto forged on.
Sometime later when Mrs. Hurto returned from lunch, her students were just completing their
30-minute indoor recess. As they
returned to their desks, Mrs. Hurto walked to her desk to put her lunch box
away -- and promptly burst into delighted laughter.
Over recess, the class had banded together to write Mrs.
Hurto an "anonymous" letter. In careful young second-grade handwriting and with second-grade
mechanics, it read: Dear Mrs. Hurto,
Every Body is mad at you for not reading Sisters Grimm. So stop making us suffer.
There you have it. The
letter, conceived and delivered by a group of second graders, shows the power
and passion of a small group of excited, eager readers.
The next day, Mrs. Hurto returned to Sisters Grimm. How could she
deny such commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm? It was clear that her students were hanging
on to her every word, and they had bonded closely with the characters in the series. Time enough later to broaden their
horizons. For now, the suffering must
This week we look at anchor charts in classrooms. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
The Chartchums blog from Marjorie and Kristi explains the Method to (Our) Charting Madness. This is a great check-in for January when teachers are considering goals and progress midway through the year:
Join Franki Sibberson for the online 12-day courseThe Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher offered January 29 - February 9. This interactive course includes three webcasts, Franki's newest book, a professional development DVD, and an introduction to scores of resources on the web to integrate into reading and writing workshops. For more details and to register online, visit this link: