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I need help on how to teach first graders to write. How do you run a writers workshop? Do the students have writing folders? What do they look like? My class is made up of mainly second language learners and writing is very difficult for them. Thanks for the help!


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We use Lucy Calkins' Writers Workshop program. It is great for younger students because they are able to work at the level appropriate for them, no matter what the mini lesson. The conferencing system allows for small group/one-on-one support at each student's level. I highly recommend it.
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We also use Lucy Calkins UOS...it is laid out in a way that is easy to follow the lesson plans...the first year or 2 I followed everything pretty closely, but as you do this, you do become able to see what your students need and can adapt/add minilessons for your writers workshop. I also really like Stephanie Parsons "First Grade Writers" which gives some additional units to teach in first grade like "pattern books". "First Grade Writers" is just one book, and is not too expensive, but UOS is a set of 7 or 8 books and is a little more costly, so if your district will purchase that for you, I would let them! Definitely worth it!
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We also use Lucy Calkins Units of Study. Great format!
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Thanks for the help! Where do you purchase the Lucy Calkins program?


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The entire Lucy Calkins UoS set is quite expensive. I believe there are 7 books in a set. You may be able to find a used set on line. A few years ago there were teachers who paid $120-180 for the set (used) because it was out of print. I checked on Amazon just now, and used sets were from $230 +.

If you can get your hands on just the two books from the set: Nuts And Bolts of Teaching Writing and Launching a Writing Workshop it will give you an idea how to start.

A cheaper alternative is Stephanie Parsons' First Grade Writers: Units of Study to Help Children Plan, Organize, and Structure Their Ideas. She follows pretty much Lucy Calkins WW, but you can get a new book from Amazon for $21. It has most of what you need if you have never done WW for first grade.

The Rose Room is dedicated to UoS. You should check in there for WW ideas.

Oops, I just read the PPs, and saw that queenmom09 pretty much said the same thing already.
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Lucy Calkins UoS but.....for your kids I might suggest not using that but rather print off J. Meacham's Writer's Workshop plans. They are little less wordy, more geared toward Kdg/1st, so for kids with limited experiences I would check them out at her site.
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Where do I get these WW plans?
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http://www.jmeacham.com/writing.mini.lessons.htm
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Thank you....It is my first time using writer workshop...Is there one for Reader's workshop...First time using that as well..

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My recommendation for RW is to get the following books to start:

•Daily 5 (for managing the RW time)
•CAFE (managing and differentiation)
•Reading With Meaning (comprehension)
•Growing Readers (building independent reading skills)
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There is a teacher blog on PT by Bookmuncher called Once Upon a Readers Workshop. Although her blog evolved over the years to a second grade reading AND writing workshop, the early years will give you a very good idea of what readers workshop looks like in first grade.
Also check out the Sunflower Room and Peony Room for reading workshop.
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Back to Lucy Calkins....I'm looking on Amazon and I'm seeing 2 or 3 units of study. Which one do you recommend for first grade? They're different prices.
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I looked on Amazon and saw sets as well as separate units. If you can afford to buy the set, you should get Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum (2003).
There is one set says Grades K-2 and was published in 2007.
I think they're basically the same. They contain all 7 books.
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