WRITING CURRICULUM FOR THE YEAR

Here's an overview of what writing skills and topics we will be studying each month.  The common core writing standards have been included in the reading standards calendar tab. Not included in the monthly breakdown is the writing skill of responding to open-ended questions.  This is a skill that we will work on throughout the entire year.  If you go to the online homework resources tab you will find the "hamburger organizer" format that we use to answer open-ended questions.  The students will also be writing different style poems throughout the entire school year.

SEPTEMBER

During the month of September your child will be focusing on

narrative writing.  They will study different skills to help them write creative stories.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Using the 5 senses in their writing (focusing on sight and sound first).

Week 2: Continue using the 5 senses (focusing on touch, smell, and taste).

Week 3: Learning how to use sound effects and all the 5 senses in their narrative stories.

Week 4: Being specific with their details (avoid being vague)

NOVEMBER

During the month of November your child will continue focusing on narrative writing.  They will study different skills to help them write creative stories.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Continue working on inside thought for their characters and start reviewing all the skills we have studied so far

Week 2: Learn how to write a very descriptive sentence (we call it a WOW sentence)

Week 3: Continue learning how to write WOW sentences

Week 4: Introduce similes & metaphors and how they can improve stories

JANUARY

During the month of January your child will be looking at a new style of writing called expository writing. It is your basic 5 paragraph essay. They will study different skills to help them write expository pieces.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Introduce the parts to an expository paper

Week 2: Learn how to write an introduction and a topic sentence for this new style of writing

Week 3: Write their first expository piece together as a class (Using the carnival or fair as the topic)

Week 4: More work on writing introductions and topic sentences.  They will also start to learn how to write a conclusion paragraph

 

MARCH

During the month of March your child will continue looking at the expository writing style. However, instead of informational pieces they will learn how to write opinion pieces.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Discuss how an opinion piece is similar and different to the informational expository piece & discuss pros and cons

Week 2: Use the topic of "School During the Summer" to write an opinion piece together as a class (while using resources to find the pros and cons)

Week 3: Research information on the pros and cons of T.V. screen time (Is too much a good thing?)

Week 4: Write their opinion piece on T.V. screen time

 

MAY & JUNE

During the month of May and June  your child will continue looking at all the different writing styles we have done this year. Here's a weekly breakdown:

 

Week 1-4: Using our Greek Myth Unit the students will choose a topic to write about.  They will also choose what style they will use (informational or opinion).  This on going project will take up the remaining weeks.

 

**Student will also write reflective pieces on different stories we have read throughout the entire school year.

 

 

 

OCTOBER

During the month of October your child will continue focusing on

narrative writing.  They will study different skills to help them write creative stories.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Learn how to use speaking parts in their stories and introduce the idea of pacing their stories (not rushing their story)

Week 2: Continue working on speaking parts and introduce emotions in their stories

Week 3: Develop stronger emotions for their characters and continue working on pacing and slowing down their stories

Week 4: Create inside thoughts for their characters to keep their stories interesting

DECEMBER

During the month of December your child will continue focusing on narrative writing.  They will study different skills to help them write creative stories.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Continue working on similes & metaphors and review all the writing skills we have done so far

Week 2: Use the writing process to produce a final piece (using all their skills within their story)

Week 3: Continue using the writing process to create a final piece

 

FEBRUARY

During the month of February your child will continue looking at the expository writing style. They will study different skills to help them write expository pieces.  Here's a weekly breakdown:

Week 1: Choose their own topic to write a paper on

Week 2: Use our reading articles on Jackie Robinson to write an expository piece on him (using a variety of 4 resources to create their paper)

Week 3: Introduce the difference of fact and opinion as an introduction to an opinion writing piece

 

 

APRIL

During the month of April your child will continue looking at the opinion expository writing style. Here's a weekly breakdown:

 

Week 1: Review our skills from our narrative writing

Week 2: Write a narrative story using a greek myth prompt

Week 3: Review all writing skills (narrative/informational-expository/opinion-expository)