I'm really looking forward to writing this year. Several students have mentioned to me how much they love to write and are eager to begin. This week, we will begin learning about workshop routines and what it means to be a writer. I found a great resource online that includes a scope and sequence for the year of writing from Portland Schools. It is amazing!! If you do not have a writing curriculum and feel like you need some guidance in teaching writing, this is a must see resource!
We will also begin using my Word Parts We Know program this week to learn new prefix and suffix word parts. Each week, students learn five new word parts, working to build their vocabulary up in a slow, but steady way. I have had HUGE success with this program in the past. Students vocabularies explode as they are able to decode and understand longer and more difficult words. This has also helped on assessments such as the MAP test where many of these word parts appear. I am excited to begin!