I am currently taking the most wonderful Masters Class-Writing in the Primary Grades. This class focuses on The Writers Workshop and really utilizes a lot of Lucy Calkins Units of Study. It has been powerful so far, to say the least. As many of you know, I have been using Writers Workshop for the last two years in my classroom, but I had never been “officially” trained in it. I read multiple books, took a balanced literature class that touched on it, but never an official training…until now!
One of our assignments this summer was to read a professional book and present to the class one of the chapters. One area that I wanted to just know more about was beginnings and endings. I read the book, “Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6”by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli.
This book really explores the importance of using literature and mentor texts to show students the experts using the craft you are teaching. Chapter 5 focuses on Beginnings and Endings. This is a MUST-HAVE book!!!