Last week, we completed our Nonfiction Research Unit and Research Based Argument Essay Unit, which are integrated units in reading and writing workshops. Below are the charts we created as a class during the unit. I tried to put the charts in the order (somewhat) that we created them in to help give you a snapshot of what our work looked like in our classroom.
At the beginning of each unit, I always launch it by discussing the purpose of the unit with my students and WHY we are learning this set of skills. After identifying the purpose, we also think about which skills/strategies we can transfer from our previous unit to the new unit. Below you will see our two charts for these lessons:
During each reading and writing unit, we create class charts that identify the teaching points taught in each mini-lesson so students can refer to the charts throughout the unit. Below you will see various teaching point charts that students constantly referred to while working independently. These charts are the footprints of my mini-lessons and our learning together during the units.
At the beginning of a new writing unit, I always launch the unit with an inquiry lesson where students immerse themselves in a mentor piece of writing to identify the characteristics/qualities of the type of writing. Below is a chart we created after reading 1-2 argument essays that lists the parts of an argument essay. We created this chart together and continued to add to it throughout the unit as we read more examples of argument essays and as we began to write argument essays ourselves. The chart to the right is a "How to" chart that visually teaches and reminds students of the steps to writing an augment essay.
During reading and writing units, we create charts with examples, phrases/stems, and helpful strategies. Below are examples of the charts we created:
When we return from vacation, we will begin our Historical Fiction Book Club Unit in reading workshop and our Poetry Unit in writing workshop so stay tuned! :)