Unit Week

Content focus: Langauge Arts/SS

Standard: W.2.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

Theme: The unit theme is Christmas around the world.  During the language arts lesson, the students will be participating in a Writer’s Workshop in order to write about Christmas traditions they have with their families.   

 

Pre-Assessment

The students were given a pre-assessment on their revise and edit abilities over a writing sample.  The results from the pre-assessment will help me see where each student is at in their writing process of editing before beginning the Writer’s Workshop.  The students were given directions as a whole group, before they were assigned the pre-assessment, that the short paragraph on this sheet has mistakes and they need to correct them and then rewrite the short paragraph on the next sheet.  After they correct the mistakes, they need to rewrite the fixed paragraph on the next sheet, and they can draw a picture of a tradition of their own family on Christmas.  

The paragraph on the first page said: This pikure isnice. It makes mefeel like Christmas is hear.  Somestimesmy mom and I goto the store. in the pikure, two kids are sit next to the tree.  Themom is in in the pikture toand the dad is in thepikture to. They are both looking atthe tree. 

From the pre-assessment that was given to the students, up until now my teacher reads everything to the students out loud. So to keep it a structured classroom, I read the paragraph out loud to the students before they started on the pre-assessment.  After looking over the results, I can tell that 7/16 students were able to identify more than half of the mistakes in the paragraph from their highlights by fixing mispelled words, changing a undercase letter to uppercase, removing a word if not needed, and changing the way the mom or dad looked in the picture and how the writer said they looked in the paragraph. 7/16 students were able to notice a third of the mistakes, but did not know how to remove some words or fix certain mispelled words. 2/16 students, which were the two students that I observed, struggled to find the mistakes, but were able to see that a sentence needs to start with a capital letter, repeated words in one of the sentences, there was no spacing in some of the writing, and the students also noticed that the parents both were not looking at the tree but the writer said they were. I had to verbally read to student 1 one on one after I read to the whole group, but student 2 could work on independently. From the results, the students need more background on the writing process and the week of Unit week will help show them this.  I plan to have whole group time to give them background information on each topic of the writing process and how it is important to their writing.  These students have not yet developed how to independently write, so I am looking forward to working with them in Writer's Workshop and developing that with each student.  I think that conferencing one on one with students will help, because they will see those mistakes more clear, rather than hear it whole group. 

 

Name: _______________________________________________________

 

Date: _________________________________________________________

Page 1

Directions: Below is a picture of a family decorating their tree for Christmas and a short paragraph that was written to describe this picture. Correct the mistakes in the sentences below by highlighting and then rewrite your answers on the next page and draw a picture of your own traditions with your families on Christmas below.

 

 

 

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Name: ____________________

 

Date: ____________________

Page 2

 

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Draw your picture here:

 

 

 

 

 

Formative Assessments/Scoring Guides

 

1. For lesson 1 the students were introduced to Writer's Workshop and participated in a whole group mini lesson to be introduced to what the term brainstorming was and how it worked in the writing process.  After listening to a read aloud about cultural Christmas traditions, the students will brainstorm ideas about the topic of their own Christmas traditions with their families by writing them in a graphic organizer sheet. This brainstorming sheet was meant for each student to do on their own to get them to brainstorm their ideas.  This may be hard for the students because they have only modeled their teacher and have not done a writing activity on their own yet. 

 

Worksheet:

 

Scoring Guides: (Checklist)

The first one was used for my level students.  The second scoring guide was used for struggling readers and writers, like child 1 and 2 in my observations. 

 

Student:

Yes

No

The student was able to complete the brainstorming sheet

 

 

The student filled out at least 2 brainstorm ideas for all four boxes

 

 

The student stayed on topic about Christmas traditions with their own family

 

 

 

Student:

Yes

No

The student was able to complete the brainstorming sheet with one on one help

 

 

The student filled out at least 1 brainstorm idea for all four boxes

 

 

The student stayed on topic about Christmas traditions with their own family

 

 

 

 

2. For lesson 2 the students participated in another whole group lesson to learn about the second Writer's Workshop writing process on rough draft. Given sentence examples of cultural Christmas traditions, the students will use their brainstorm graphic organizers about Christmas traditions with their families to write their rough draft.  I set it up this way to let them see examples above, and then have the questions as well.  What do you celebrate? I wanted the students to have prompts in the beginning, because they have never independently written on their own before.  This will guide them to what they need to answer for each question. 

 

Worksheet Rough Draft:

 

 

________________________________________________ ’s Christmas Traditions 

 

 

What do you celebrate?

  • (Writing Example: My family celebrates…. What my family and I like to celebrate….)

 

 

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Who do you celebrate with?

  • (Writing Example: I celebrate Christmas with my….)

 

 

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What do you eat on Christmas with your family?

  • (Writing Example: On Christmas my family eats… On Christmas my family makes…)

 

 

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How do you decorate for Christmas?

  • (Writing Example: Before Christmas my family decorates by… For Christmas my family makes….)

 

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What does your family do before Christmas day?

  • (Writing Example: Before Christmas Day, my family likes to go… ex: shopping, sledding, caroling, candle light service, etc.)

 

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Write something you love about Christmas!

  • (Writing Example: What I love about Christmas is…. My favorite thing to do with my family for Christmas is…)

 

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Scoring Guides: (Rating scale)

The first one was used for level students.  The second scoring guide was used for struggling readers and writers, like child 1 and 2 in my observations. 

 

Student:

1

2

3

The student stayed on topic for their Christmas traditions with their family

 

 

 

The student used their brainstorm sheets to help them with their rough draft papers

 

 

 

The student completed each question on the rough draft paper by writing at least 2 sentences

 

 

 

 

Student:

1

2

3

The student stayed on topic for their Christmas traditions with their family

 

 

 

The student used their brainstorm sheets to help them with their rough draft papers with guided assistance

 

 

 

The student completed each question on the rough draft paper with one on one help to write at least 2 sentences

 

 

 

 

3. During my third lesson, the students watched a video on the writing process twice, and on the second time through they would participate in singing the song and doing the hand motions to the song with the video. The students then went to the carpet for a whole group discussion over the third writing process of revise and edit for their rough drafts today.  Later on they took their plickers cards they had from lesson week and were given an a short assessment from the video about the writing process. 

Scoring Guide:

I used one scoring guide because it was a formative assessment through technology and not writing and reading.

 

Student

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

$6

#7

#8

1. Jamir

               

2. Meleinah

               

3. Joseph

               

4. Timy’la

               

5. Dylan

               

6. Kezia

               

7. Ciana

               

8. Stephanie

               

9. Arielle

               

10. D’wayla

               

11. Silas

               

12. Sophia

               

13. Riley

               

14. Justin

               

15. Jermaine

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-=absent 

=wrong

=right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summative Assessment

4. During the last lesson of the Writer's Workshop, the students came to the carpet for a whole group mini lesson on how to publish a final copy from their revised and edited rough drafts.  After modeled sentence instruction through cultural Christmas traditions, the students will take their sentences and create their final copies on a published product that was given from the teacher. Each student will be conferenced one on one with the teacher for last minute details before writing their published copies. Once they have written their final copies, they will be able to share with the class their Christmas traditions they have with their families. 

 

Scoring Guide: (Rubric)

 

Writer’s Workshop Rubric

 

Name: _________________________________

 

Score

Needs Work

Fair

Good

Excellent

                   

 

 

 

Punctuation

Student used accurate punctuation in his/her sentences

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

Capitalization

Student used capital letters for beginning sentences and names

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

Grammar

The student spelled his/her words correctly

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

Spelling

The student wrote complete sentences and minimal errors

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

Content/Topic

The student was able to stay on topic and give details while writing

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4