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Title: Valley Forge 6th Grade Writing Framework and the Writer

Valley Forge 6th Grade Writing Framework and the
Writers Workshop
We believe
Everyone has the capacity to write, writing can
be taught, and teachers can help students become
better writers. NCTE
  • Writing is purposeful
  • Writing is thinking. Sometimes you are learning
    to write other times, you are writing to learn.
  • Writing is a process influenced by
  • Students and Teachers
  • Writing is developmental and will look different
    for each writer.
  • Writing Experiences and Pedagogy
  • Writing requires student choice, effective
    modeling, structured opportunities, and
    meaningful feedback.
  • Culture and Environment
  • Writing requires a nurturing environment that
    challenges students to take risks, reflect, and

  • Students are expected to
  • Write daily in their notebook at school.
  • Find topics for their notebook writing from
    their life, from reading, and from natural
  • Students are expected to make decisions about
    their writing topics on a daily basis.
  • Try strategies from the mini-lesson before
    continuing with their own work for the day
  • Fold over any entry they deem too personal to
    share with the teacher.
  • Respect the integrity of the notebook by taking
    care of it, valuing its contents and the contents
    of others.
  • Practice what they know about grammar and
    conventional spelling. Entries must be legible.
  • Discover how writing can enrich their lives.

Students can depend on the teacher to
Provide time each day for students to
write. Teach writing strategies as ways to
discover writing topics. Confer with students
to help nudge their thinking and writing when
students get stuck. Teach a mini-lesson each day
to teach students how to be better writers. Have
my own notebook in class on a daily basis. I
will share some of my writing throughout the year
to establish that I, too, am a writer.
  • Respect the folded entries.
  • Teach rules of spelling and grammar that will
    enhance student writing. Recognize that the
    notebook is a place to practice new conventions
    and words and to master
  • conventions and words students already know.
  • Discover how my life is enriched by the writing
    of each student.

Content of our mini lessons and conferences will
be a(n)
  • Strategy how to go about doing something in
    writing. Share it with a reader and have them
    tell it back to you. Did the story make sense
    when someone retold it.
  • Understanding know about how writing happens.
    How are we doing it?
  • Techniques are all the things writer know how to
    do with text to make the writing good. Mechanical
    options to help convey the thought.
  • Questions lines of thinking that are useful for
    writers to follow. What have I read that is like
    what I am trying to write?
  • Conventions ways to expect things, ways that
    written text or grammatical constructions are
    generally formed. Capitals, indenting paragraphs,

6th Grade English Curriculum
Units of Study
Focus for September
Launching the Writers Notebook Write your
child a little note if you wish before you leave.
Writers Notebook Rubric
4 3 2 1

The Modes of Writing
  • Narrative
  • Informational
  • Persuasive

  • Personal Narrative 1st Quarter
  • Memoir 6th Grade

  • Informational Writing
  • 2nd Quarter
  • 6th Grade How-To
  • Cross Curriculum SDL
  • SDL kickoff - January

  • Persuasive Writing
  • 3rd Quarter

  • Imagine a place Rubric ___/25
  • Writer_______________
  • Editors _______________ and __________________
  • ___ Similes
  • ___ Metaphors
  • ___ Use of AND to make compound phrases and ideas
  • ___ Personification
  • ___ Alliteration
  • ___ Use of the five senses
  • ___ Repetition
  • ___ 5 verses
  • ___ Same first line
  • ___ Show not tell (rich details, paint a picture)
  • ___ 3 thoughts per stanza
  • ___ No caps
  • ___ Use of ellipsis
  • ___ Rich text
  • ___ Onomatopoeia

  • 4th Quarter
  • Meet the Author unit of study

Our days could look like this
  • Daily Sentencing
  • Sacred Writing Time
  • Oral Report (1 student per day beginning in
  • Poetry Recitation (1 student per day beginning in
  • Mini-lesson on Writers Craft

A week in a nutshell...
  • Each student should schedule a conference with
    the teacher bi-weekly.
  • WOW each student should be collecting new
    vocabulary words
  • Spelling Review individual troublesome words
  • Writing Sparks occasional home writing

  • I am
  • looking
  • forward
  • to a
  • great
  • school
  • year.

Thank you for coming.
Celeste Sparano English Room 606 610.240.2614 spar http//
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