Getting to Know Ourselves as Writers has been our first unit in Writing Workshop. It’s focused on building strong writers while re-familiarizing ourselves with the writing workshop and the writing process. Writers have also been learning how to use their writing journals, brainstorming topics they want to write about. Students are becoming familiar with pre-writing strategies, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. We frequently do peer response groups with our writing in second grade and we are working on getting comfortable with sharing our opinions and suggestions with our classmates.
The genre of this unit is Narratives while we write about our summer holidays. Students learned that a narrative tells about something that happened to them or someone they know in the past. We did not introduce a writing trait with this unit as it primarily focused on the writing process. Next, students will do a second narrative; however, it will be much more independent as they write about a “first time experience”. As part of the assessment process, students will continue to use rubrics and checklists to reflect on their own writing.