Synopses & Reviews
Eavesdrop on Lucy Calkins as she confers with students.
Witness minilessons in action.
Observe whole class shares.
Drawing on 22 instructional (and inspirational) video clips, this comprehensive, easy-to-navigate DVD vividly conveys the inner workings of writing workshops in a variety of elementary classrooms. The two hours of live-from-the-classroom video clips are supported and enhanced by an optional voice-over coaching commentary from Lucy that explains the teaching moves and strategies.
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7 Units of Study
Covering approximately four weeks of instruction, each Unit of Study provides the strategies, lesson plans, and tools you'll need to jump in and teach writing to your students in powerful, lasting ways.
- Launching the Writing Workshop provides a plan for organizing the writing workshop.
- Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing takes everyday events and makes them into focused, well-structured stories.
- Writing for Readers: Teaching Skills and Strategies focuses on the conventions of language.
- The Craft of Revision teaches children how to revise their work.
- Authors as Mentors teaches students to be better writers by studying the authors they love.
- Nonfiction Writing: Procedures and Reports teaches children how to write different kinds of nonfiction text.
- Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages helps children explore and savor language.
Drawing on 22 instructional (and inspirational) video clips, this comprehensive, easy-to-navigate DVD vividly conveys the inner workings of writing workshops in a variety of elementary classrooms.
About the Author
Lucy Calkins is the author of the popular firsthand classroom materials Units of Study for Teaching Writing series and the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5 series. Most recently, Lucy has published a common core workshop curriculum, Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K - 5. In addition, Lucy is the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including Pathways to the Common Core;The Art of Teaching Writing; and One to One. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading. She is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College. For more than twenty-five years, the Project has been both a think tank - developing state of the art teaching methods - and a provider of professional development. In these capacities, the Project has supported hundreds of thousands of educators. As the leader of this world renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy-makers, superintendents, district leaders and school principals to instigate and sustain school-wide and system-wide educational reforms. But above all, Lucy works closely with teachers and with their classrooms full of wise and wonderful children. Lucy is also the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, where she leads the Literacy Specialist program. Lucy and her husband John are the parents of two sons, Miles and Evan.
Table of Contents
Most Conferences are also supported and enhanced by an optional voice-over coaching commentary from Lucy.
Abby teaches Raphael a strategy for making a story longer: Try a new kind of paper. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 3 min.
Lucy teaches Lisa a strategy for revising a story: Think of what you are trying to say and write about or develop that. ( Revision ) 6 min.
Amanda lifts the level of Harold's work and teaches him a strategy for finding a writing topic: Think about true things that have happened to you. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 5 min.
Lucy teaches George a strategy for revising: Think of what you are trying to say and write about or develop that. ( Small Moments, Revision ) 7 min.
Leah teaches Winter a strategy for structuring nonfiction writing: Use a page for each part. ( Nonfiction ) 5 min.
Conference 6 Lucy teaches Marley a strategy for revising drafts of poems: Write about strong feelings, and write with bits of sentences. ( Poetry ) 8 min.
Natalie teaches Marcella a strategy for planning her writing: Think of the writing each page will hold. ( Launching, Writing for Readers ) 5 min. No commentary available.
Lucy helps Sophia try a strategy for revising that classmate Jacob used: Add paper where there is more to write. ( Launching, Revision ) 2 min. No commentary available.
Quran teaches Diego a strategy for rehearsing for writing: Storytell. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 8 min.
Amanda teaches Bejide a strategy for putting stories on paper: Storytell and then represent that story on the page. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 4 min.
Lucy teaches George a strategy for deciding whether to revise writing or to create new writing: Decide if the content will be the same or different. ( Revision, Nonfiction ) 6 min. No commentary available.
Amanda teaches Serena a strategy for reading and writing more easily: Point under each word when reading, and use spaces between each word when writing. ( Writing for Readers, Poetry ) 6 min.
Lucy teaches Jacob a strategy for revising: Use details from your picture to help you add details to your story, and add paper where there is more to write. ( Launching, Small Moments, Revision ) 5 min.
Teaching Point 14
Lucy teaches the class Jacob's strategy for making room for details: Add paper where there is more to write. ( Launching, Revision ) 1 min.
Strategy Lesson 15
Kersandra teaches a small group of students a strategy for getting started writing: Imagine the scene, and draw pictures and words across pages. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 7 min.
Lucy teaches the class a strategy for revising stories: Reread and check to see if the writing makes sense or if it needs more words. ( Launching, Writing for Readers, Revision ) 5 min.
Jessica teaches the class a strategy for experimenting with voice in poetry: Write to an object. ( Poetry ) 5 min.
Cynthia teaches the class a strategy for writing the letters in words: Stretch the words out slowly to listen to each sound in them. ( Launching, Writing for Readers ) 10 min.
Brigida teaches the class a strategy for revising: Use a revision checklist. ( Revision, Nonfiction ) 6 min.
Writing Example 20
Alejandro uses blanks to help him leave spaces between words. ( Launching, Writing for Readers ) 5 min.
Lucy teaches the class a strategy for writing more: Add paper. ( Launching, Small Moments ) 7 min.
Writing Example 22
John thinks aloud about his piece of nonfiction writing. ( Nonfiction ) 1 min. No commentary available.