Writing

In 2009, the Elementary School adopted Being a Writer, a research-based curriculum for kindergarten through grade 5 created by the Developmental Studies Center. The program combines a writing process approach with guided instruction, providing a clear scope and sequence to ensure that students learn the important elements of writing. Instruction centers around communicating ideas clearly, engaging in developing ideas through conversations with peers and conferences with teachers, and integrating directly taught writing conventions into a finished product.

As students develop their ability to communicate in writing, they are taught to engage in the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing, and sharing. Grammar, usage, punctuation, and capitalization are integrated into instruction through the stages of the writing process and through supplementary skills practice. At each level, students engage in genre units, which may include personal narrative, fiction, expository nonfiction, functional nonfiction, persuasive writing, and poetry.

Essential practices used by Being a Writer include:

  • Teacher and peer conferences

  • Classroom discussion

  • Collaborative writing tasks

  • Writing for real audiences and purposes

  • Student self-assessment

  • Regular periods of writing

  • Choice of writing topics

  • Models of good writing

  • Direct skill instruction

    Adapted from Being a Writer © 2007 Developmental Studies Center

 

 

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© 2009 The Churchill School and Center    301 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016    Tel 212 722 0610    Fax 212 722 1387