Also included and VERY important to your initial writing set up and planning is assessment for learning. I have included a writing inventory for kids to do. It's quick and easy for them and even easier for you to analyze and use the data to plan for learning. I have included some ways to interpret the data and group kids for your own teaching purposes such as kids that don't like to write but are good at it or kids that have great ideas but struggle to express them.
I use a personal writing assessment and I have included it for you that you can use to see a writing sample at the beginning of your program. I usually follow up with the same one at the end of the year and I am always AMAZED and proud of the growth my students have shown after using the HOOKED on WRITING lessons with them throughout the year. (I've given suggestions for K, 1-2, 3-5 in case you want to differentiate or use it if you teach a different grade next year.) It comes with colored mini anchor charts for Option 1 All About Me and Option 2 My Favorite Season.
Kids think that writing is just a pencil and paper task. It is SO much more than that. In fact, I am encouraging lots of discussion in this first unit and I give you discussion ideas as part of the mentor text section. I also give you some quick write ideas to get your kids writing, posters to motivate and detailed lessons with 4 mentor texts as a method to introduce writing and some of the feelings kids may have before they learn to expand their writing skills.
You will need 4 mentor texts for Unit 1. They are:
In the 9 units to follow, you will find 4 more mentor texts with each unit that will be used to teach the writing skills for that unit.
After the introductory Unit 1, there will be more activities to go with each book that will allow your students to practice the focus skill for that unit.
The units are in order and each one builds on the previous one to create a comprehensive program. Here is a sneak peak at Hooked on Writing Unit 2 ALL ABOUT SENTENCES: Conventions and Ideas
For a visual preview of the units to follow, please click here or on the picture.