Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Writing Lessons

What do you use for writing lessons? My school does not have something school wide for writing and is looking for ideas. I use “Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons for Our Youngest Writers” by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe and think that it is wonderful!

My former school district purchased the book for us. Leave a comment about your writing lessons and what you use. Thanks for the help.


  1. I am at a private school and we do not have a set way to write lesson plans. you can do what works for you. Most of the teachers have been teaching for at least five years so they have an idea of what they like. I have been writing lessons on the computer for the last three years.... I try to write my lesson more around a theme. It works for the most part except for math.


  2. Hey Michelle!
    Our school uses the Lucy Calkins series and I LOVE it! They have a K-2 series and 3-5. I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade using it, and I like it for both grades.
    I also do a lot with author studies. We study different authors and what they do. The kids LOVE to mimic different authors. Their personal favorite is Jill Eggleton- we use TONS of her stuff!
    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Buzzin’ on Cupcakes!

    busybeesandcupcakes at gmail dot com

  3. District Wide we use Write from the Beginning and Thinking Maps. My Kinder Team also uses the book Growing Up Wrting that has mini-lessons mapped out for you. So I guess the answer to your question is we use a combination of things. I hope this helps.

  4. We use Lucy Calkins Units of Study!
    Fabulous in First

  5. Hi I just found you. I love how colorful your blog is...I will have to check in with your often. Come visit me I'm new to blogging and teach first grade. :o)
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  6. We use Giacobbe & Horn too... they piloted this program in our district :) I supplement with drawing lessons and some Lucy Calkins stuff. You can read more about the drawing lessons here:

    Adventures in Kindergarten