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Second Grade Writing

Writing Workshop
The goals of Writer's Workshop are:

  • To provide opportunities for children to learn and practice writing through different genres and become proficient writers.

  • Interactive Writing takes place when teacher and student "share the pen" and collectively write a message or record information.

  • Writing for different purposes (personal narrative, letter writing, list writing, etc.)

  • Writer's Workshop time includes a focused mini-lesson, teacher conferences, the editing and publishing process.

  • During Writer's Workshop we are guiding children to write with the reader in mind. Writing informs the teacher of spelling patterns the class or individual students need to work on. It gives the teacher a window for word choices for word study.

Word Study

  • Good spellers develop strategies that allow them to learn how to spell a large number of words, even those they have not attended to in informal instruction. They can do so because they have internalized a network of word-solving strategies, important principles, and many basic spelling patterns. Then they have the ability to apply the knowledge to an ever-increasing number of words.

  • Word Study teaches children to "word solve" throughout meaningful reading and writing. When we talk about word solving, we are describing a dynamic process in which the learner actively investigates how words work. Word solving is not just word learning. Its purpose lies In the discovery of the principles underlying the construction of the words that make up written language.