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TDS Newsletter, November 2013

Let's Talk About Writing...

In recent district PD sessions, we've talked about tips to support the management (both student management and teacher planning management) of your Writer's Workshop. Check out the pictures below! You'll see an example "Unit of Study Calendar" that can be posted near your whole-group instruction area or near your Writing Supplies Station. This calendar might be created with your students or you might fill in some days' plans ahead of time and then add things with your students as you move along in the unit. Some lessons are "fixed" and have to happen on the day that you schedule.... other teaching points are "flexible" so that you can be responsive to the needs of your classroom.


Have You Tried...A Poem or Passage of the Week?

During our most recent district professional development we discussed using a poem or passage of the week in place of Daily Oral Language and Daily Oral Reading. A poem or passage of the week should only be a five-to-ten minute lesson. Teachers could use this to launch their writing-reading workshop each day. Poems of the week could also be used as morning work and then discussed at Morning Meetings.


Benefits of using a poem or passage of the week:


  • Reading and discussing great poems and passages helps students to gain perspective on their identities and to make sense of the world while sharpening skills as critical readers and intentional writers.
  • Poems and passages can be used as a common text for students and teachers so that a piece of literature can be discussed together.
  • Sharing poems and passages allows for acquisition of literary element vocabulary.
  • Poetry and passages can be used to help students understand powerful language, to understand how punctuation gives voice to writing, and to understand staying on topic.
  • Poetry and passages can be used to reinforce grammar skills, to notice spelling patterns, and to practice comprehension skills.
  • Studying poetry helps students love it while learning life lessons.


How Word Study & Grammar Instruction might flow across your week:


Although there is no one right way to use a poem/passage to support Word Study and Spelling Instruction, here is one sample structure for a week in a primary-grades classroom:


Day 1: Read the poem for comprehension and overall meaning; pick out word wall words


Day 2: Reread/retell poem; study word patterns and word families


Day 3: Study poem for "ways with words" (sensory words, nouns, adjectives, etc.)


Day 4: Study poem for punctuation


Day 5: Study poem for craft and structure


Click on the two links below to view a poem of the week video and a sample lesson plan.

Upcoming Professional Development

  • Kindergarten Math Units of Study: Tuesday, October 29th from 4:15-5:15 at CRE
  • Notice and Note Chat: Tuesday, November 5th from 4:15-5:15 at CRE
  • Kathy Collins: Saturday, November 9th from 9 am to 3 pm at the IPS Butler Lab School
  • Units of Study PD: Tuesday, November 12th from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at CRE
  • Units of Study PD: Tuesday, December 10th from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at CRE
  • My Tentative Schedule...

    For the week of Oct. 28th:

    SCE in the morning all week except Wednesday

    BSE in the afternoon all week except Wednesday

    Durbin all day on Wednesday

    After school meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday


    For the week of Nov. 4th:

    SCE in the morning on Monday, Thursday, and Friday

    BSE all day on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon

    Durbin in the afternoon Friday

    All day HSE 21 meeting on Wednesday

    After school meetings on Tuesday and Thursday


    For the week of Nov. 11th:

    BSE all day Monday and Thursday in the afternoon

    SCE Tuesday morning, all day Wednesday, and Thursday am

    Durbin all day Friday

    TDS Meeting on Tuesday afternoon

    After school meetings on Tuesday and Thursday


    For the week of Nov. 18th:

    SCE all day Monday and Thursday in the morning

    BSE Tuesday morning, all day Wednesday, and Thursday pm

    Durbin all day Friday

    Principal's Meeting on Tuesday afternoon


    For the week of Nov. 25th:

    SCE on Monday morning

    BSE on Monday afternoon

    TDS and Focus Group meeting all day Tuesday