TRAILBLAZERS

PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 3 - August 31, 2015

Writing Workshop August Goals

  • To create an inviting classroom learning environment for writers
  • To implement a daily schedule that includes at least 45 minutes for writing workshop
  • To begin building a strong community of writers through daily sharing and response

Shout Outs

Online Food For Thought

Reading Gives You Superpowers by Dav Pilkey

Blogs & Websites Worth Noting & Noticing

Minilessons to Launch Your Writing Workshop

Have you planned time the first 2-3 weeks of school for some of the following minilessons?


  • Components of Writing Workshop - SCHEDULE ANCHOR CHART
  • Establishing Behavior Guidelines for Writing Workshop - BEHAVIOR ANCHOR CHART
  • Organizing/Decorating Writing Folders (K-2) or writer's notebooks (3-5)
  • Creating Writing Territories (Topics I Can Write About)
  • Create Heart Map ("Things I Love") seed ideas
  • Sketching to Generate Writing Ideas (i.e., Blueprinting)
  • Guidelines for Peer Feedback During Sharing Time
  • Writing Conferences
  • Writing Process - PROCESS ANCHOR CHART
  • On-Demand Narrative Writing Assessment (pre-assess)

Books You Won't Want to Miss

Narrative Writing Unit Planning with Jamie & Alyson

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 8am to Thursday, Sep. 3rd, 3:30pm

On Your Campus

Check your calendar invite! For the next two weeks, we are facilitating three-hour sub release planning times with each school's grade-level Trailblazer team to plan your first Narrative Unit of Study.


Don't forget to bring:


  • Your Students' Narrative On-Demands -- You don't have to analyze prior to the meeting. We will do this together at the start of the meeting.
  • Your Narrative Unit of Study -- a spiral-bound book in your Calkins kit
  • Any other lesson planning book, calendar, or resources you wish to use. We will have some planning templates available for you to use, too, if needed.

Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for our 2015-2016 Trailblazer Writing Labs! You won't want to miss these ongoing opportunities to come together as a community of writers and teachers of writing to dive deeper into various aspects of writing instruction.


These labs will be held on the B Mondays listed below from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. at McKInley TK-8 School of the Arts. Attendance is voluntary. Goodies will be given away at each lab to those who participate. Let's keep the energy alive!


#1 September 21, 2015 ~ Architecture of a Minilesson

#2 October 19, 2015 ~ Writing Conferences

#3 November 16, 2015 ~ Student Work & Resource Share

#4 January 25, 2016 ~ Qualities of Writing/Mentor Texts

#5 February 29, 2016 ~ TBD

#6 April 18, 2016 ~ Student Work & Resource Share

Trailblazer Writing Lab #1

Monday, Sep. 21st, 2-3:30pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.