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Third grade is such a wonderful time of written exploration. At the beginning of the year we will focus on writting that is personel to us, our experiences and memories. Throughout the year we will dive into our ideas and improve our voice as writers. Some additional units that we will study are: comparing and contrasting, realistic fiction, poetry, non-fiction writing, and persuasive. The students will learn the importance of organization, revision, and editing of pieces.
All of this instruction is done through our writers' workshop time. Writers' workshop is held everyday, for approximately one hour to an hour and a half. We begin our workshop time with a mini lesson that focuses on a specific style, trait, or grammar focus. The writers are then released back to their work areas to incorporate strategies taught in the mini lesson with their own independent pieces.
During independent writing time, I circulate through out the room, and conferences with individual students. When conferencing with a student, I will ask them various questions about their pieces, have them read to me a portion of their piece that they are either proud of our have used a certain technique. In addition, I will give feedback to portions that may not be clear or need further reflection on. To conclude our conference, I will ask them when they would like me to schedule our next conference and what writing strategie they will be working on between conferences.
Writing goes hand in hand with good literature, as writers it is important that we are analyzing the craft of well know authors, through these studies the children will come up with some very interesting pieces. I am sure that you will enjoy them.
To start the year I enjoy reading the book Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter. It is such a wonderful beginning to a year filled full of master pieces.