Week 2: Language Learning and Beginning Writing

  • As writers: what does it mean to develop ideas, gain a sense of audience, and share our writing?
  • As teachers of writing: what aspects of learning to write are evident as students mature as writers?

Writing Workshop Time

  • Writing Interview and Writing Territories
    • Brainstorm
    • Create
    • Remember
    • Revise
    • Draft
    • Read
    • Draw
    • Research
    • Interpret
    • Share
    • Communicate
    • Express
    • Reread
    • Inspire
  • Wikispaces and creating your Writer's Profile

Class Time

  • Discussion of Calkins -- how do writers develop over time
    • Look at CCSS for each grade level
    • Always be varying levels
    • Create a safe environment
    • Recognize their improvements
    • It's OK that kids draw, talk, write
    • Revision -- moves from words and spelling on to audience and topics
  • Google Docs in Plain English


  • Reading
    • Calkins: 22 (Genre studies), 23 (Poetry) and 24 (Memoir)
      • How does Calkins characterize memoir? Building off the list on page 420, what are some of the qualities of a strong memoir?
    • Arnberg, A study of memoir (Bb)
      • What do Arnberg and her students come to understand as the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? In her teaching, what are the characteristics of memoir?
  • Writing
    • Post your completed Writer's Profile to our wiki page
  • Other