Writing

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Writing is the one subject I taught throughout my career. I started as a second grade teacher and made my way through the grades up to eighth grade. I adored teaching it because I learned so much about my students through their writing and felt like I got to know them so well! Early on in my career I felt ill-equipped to teach literacy, so I found myself getting a degree in Language and Literacy. This was one of the best career decisions I made. In my early years I tried hard to model my classroom after gurus such as Nancie Atwell and Lucy Calkins. As with many of us, grammar was the ongoing struggle — until I attended a training by a teacher by the name of Jeff Anderson. If you haven’t read his books or attended one of his trainings, his simple ideas for integrating grammar instruction into the context of writing workshop are amazing. My students didn’t even realize they were learning grammar. It’s inductive, integrated, and appropriate — everything that constructivist, integrated instruction should be.

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  1. I have recently discovered Jeff Anderson’s books on grammar and want to use his lessons this year in my sixth grade classroom. When you taught those lessons did you just start at the beginning of the lesson set or did you have a pacing guide for the year? Trying to figure out how to implement this! My school also used Lucy Calkins writing. I just need help putting it all together please!!?! It sounds like from this post that you had a great plan!

  2. Thanks for reaching out! I combined Jeff Anderson, Nancie Atwell, a bit of Lucie, and whatever my students needed. I planned using their philosophies and structures but the content was what my students needed. I pulled from student writing, novels we read, etc. for the mini lessons. Feel free to reach back out if you have other questions. Writing is something I’m passionate about!

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