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Third 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.)
  • Writing Workshop time includes a focused mini-lesson, teacher conferences, the editing and publishing process.
  • During Writing Workshop we are guiding children to write with the reader in mind.
  • Writing informs the teacher of spelling patterns, the class or individual words to work on. It gives the teacher a window for word choices for word study.

The word study program for second and third grade
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 know how to apply the knowledge to an ever-increasing number of words.

Word Study teaches children to “word solve” in the service of 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.

The following is an outline of the daily Word Study activities:

Choosing Words & Building Words
The teacher will provide a clear, short, focused lesson on words or spelling patterns. The words are chosen by misspelled words in the childrens’ writing samples from Writing Workshop as well as a list from the focus lesson.  These lessons generally are provided to the whole class. In the lesson a variety of words are shared and students contribute to the list of words.

Making Connections
It’s important that children understand that if they read and spell one word, then they can read and spell others. Students select words from their spelling list that contain familiar, but different spelling patterns, base word similarities, or similar parts of speech.  They may also choose words based on their synonyms and antonyms, or their singular or plural forms.  Once the words are selected students write them in the boxes provided on the sheet.  They may contain a dependable spelling pattern (e.g; the “ame” in “name”). Then the students write four additional words they know that have the same spelling pattern.

Buddy Test
Buddies test each other on the week's list. The buddy dictates each word and uses it in a sentence as the other student writes the word on the Buddy Test worksheet.