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WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Because writing matters for success in school, the community, and the workplace, Schoolwide's Writing Fundamentals Units of Study have a central mission to improve students' writing by providing explicit instruction that focuses on demonstrating why writers write and how writers communicate their ideas effectively. In order for students to write with power and purpose, the Writing Fundamentals units use quality literature and informational texts to provide authentic examples of various genres and text types.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN EACH
UNIT OF STUDY


  • Anchor/Mentor Texts (5–10)
  • Student Benchmark Pieces
  • Common Core State Standards Alignment and Correlation Chart (LEARN MORE)
  • Unit Introduction
  • Unit Overview (Unit at a Glance)
  • Interactive Read-Aloud Lessons (5–6)
  • Mini-Lessons (15–20)
  • ELL Supports
  • Conference Questions (Independent Writing)
  • Lesson Extensions
  • Appendices
  • Assessments (Formative and Summative)

DIGITAL RESOURCES


  • Digital appendices
  • Short shared texts
  • Digital assessment
  • Sample student work
  • Classroom environment photos and
  • Multimedia and Internet resources to engage students.

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Unit Overview
Mini-Lesson
Interactive Read-Aloud
Assessment
Unit Overview
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Interactive Read-Aloud
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Interactive Read-Aloud
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Interactive Read-Aloud
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Interactive Read-Aloud
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Interactive Read-Aloud
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Interactive Read-Aloud
Unit Overview
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Interactive Read-Aloud
Unit Overview
Mini-Lesson
Interactive Read-Aloud

EXPLORE A LESSON
    The Interactive Read-Aloud Lesson
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An introductory explanation of what is being taught and why A list of materials teachers and students will need to complete the lesson, including the mentor text(s) and appendices that will be used The teacher will introduce the mentor text and state the purpose for the day's reading. The teacher will often tap into students' background knowledge about the book's topic, theme, and/or genre, as well as connect the day's rationale to the writing work the class has been or will be immersed in. The teacher reads the text, stopping periodically to think aloud about the author's inspiration, purpose, and/or genre features. The teacher poses questions that enhance meaning and guide students to read like writers. The teacher reads the text, stopping periodically to think aloud about the author's inspiration, purpose, and/or genre features. The teacher poses questions that enhance meaning and guide students to read like writers. The teacher reads the text, stopping periodically to think aloud about the author's inspiration, purpose, and/or genre features. The teacher poses questions that enhance meaning and guide students to read like writers. Stage of the writing workshop with recommended time frame for instruction
Independent writing and partner or small-group reading or writing suggestions that connect to the day's lesson and strategies learned. Stage of the writing workshop with recommended time frame for instruction.
    The Mini-Lesson
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An introductory explanation of what is being taught and why A list of materials teachers and students will need to complete the lesson, including the mentor text(s) and appendices that will be used Teacher tells the students what is going to be taught and how it will help them as writers. Teacher demonstrates or models the skill or strategy by thinking aloud, revisiting mentor texts, and/or using shared texts. Stage of the writing workshop with recommended time frame for instruction
Students quickly practice the skill or strategy that was modeled by the teacher, which enables the teacher to do a quick assessment of students' understanding. Teacher restates the skill or strategy, why it is imoportant, and how it connects to students' independent writing. Questions designed to connect teachers to individual student's work, supporting, guiding, and differentiating instruction. Ways to extend teaching, including support for ELL/LEP students, ideas for home-school connections, Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions connections, and follow-up lessons.






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