Leap Into Literacy Kindergarten

October/November

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The Connection Between Reading and Writing Workshop Units

The beauty of the upcoming units in Reading and Writing Workshop is how effectively they compliment each other. They each immerse students in storytelling by speaking and writing stories in a clear, cohesive manner. This is perfect in that Kindergarteners love to tell the TRUTH about EVERYTHING that happens in their lives! The pictures are important to both workshops in that they are closely examined in reading and enable students to make meaning and provide them with the words in which to write their stories in writing. Labeling the pictures in reading helps them segment and hear sounds in words using developmental spelling which empowers the students when they get ready to write in writing workshop. They reread books they read AND write, practicing concepts about print such as front to back, left to right, and top to bottom. Therefore, a perfect match!

Getting Started for the Emergent Reading If/Then Unit

Get your ducks in a row:

  • Gather emergent storybooks, songs, chants and rhymes for read-aloud and for shared reading.

  • Put your read-alouds and shared reading books from the last unit in buckets on the tables and add in anything your are currently reading. Some teachers label them with stars so on the books and buckets so these books will be easy to read throughout the year.

  • Add some level A/B books and if you have some early readers, those students can transition to book baggies that are filled with books at their independent levels.

  • Partnerships should be strategically assigned. For example, pair conventional readers with conventional readers, ELL students with students who are strong in language, as well as social pairings of students who get along well and are around the same level.

What Do I Need to Prepare For My Writers?

  • Prepare a letter for parents explaining that students can bring in pictures or objects that trigger a good story. Parents can also help children realize that there are stories all around them in their lives. They can help by encouraging their children to story tell and prompt them to recreate events.
  • Make sure you don't skip read-aloud or shared reading because students need to hear stories to write stories. It will help if you read personal narratives such as The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco or Shortcut by Donald Crews.
  • As you prepare booklets for students, keep them coverless and save the covers for their published pieces. This way students will spend more time on the content of their story and not lose precious writing time by making their covers beautiful.
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