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I am moving from 4th grade to 1st this year. I am working on lesson plans and am beginning to get stressed about writing. My school has no writing curriculum and I have no clue where I should even start!!!!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated! TIA!


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Could start with author studies. . . share a few books, read about the author (biography or google information). . . make connections between the author's life and their writing (it is interesting to find out what the author was interested in as a child).. . perhaps do an art project for each author. Leads up to: 'authors write about things they know about, and we can do that, too."
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Cynthia Rylant
Dr. Seuss
Joanna Cole
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This year to begin my writing workshop I plan on reading the book Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk. If you are not familiar with the story it is about a mouse who lives in the library and writes books the children love. The children ask via a note for the author to show him/herself. The mouse uses a tissue box and puts a mirror in it. He adds a banner that states Meet the Author with an arrow pointing into the box. When the kids look into the box they see a picture of themselves. I have made one using a wooden box from Michaels and a mirror. I plan on having the students get excited about writing by having them look into the box and tell them they all can be authors too! I also plan to leave it out year round in case a students needs reaffirmation or encouragement!!! I can't wait!!!!
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Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to get it and use it!
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I will be using her lesson's as a jumping point this year. She is fantastic!


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Lucy Caulkins and a book called Mentor Texts are both excellent!
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Lucy Calkins has a wonderful Writing curriculum with 7 units (including units like Launching Writers Workshop, Revision, Nonfiction writing, etc). Every lesson within each unit is laid out for you and has everything you'll need to get you started (besides access to your library and writing paper). My first grade team started using it on our own, but it was later adapted by our whole district. We've been VERY happy with it in my district and have seen incredible growth in our students.

Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Primary Writing.

Good luck to you in your new position!
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Lucy Caulkins is great. I have been using this curriculum and it has made my students gain so much confidence in their writing.
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