Projecting Possibilities for Writers [pb]
The How, What & Why of Designing Units of Study, K-5
By Matt Glover [OH] & Mary Alice Berry
As a teacher, you value instructional flexibility because, after all, nearly anything can happen- and does! Yet you still have to plan instruction that helps your writers meet curricular objectives. Helping you solve this dilemma is what Projecting Possibilities for Writers is all about.
You can’t know exactly when in a unit of study students will need extra support or be ready for a particular mini-lesson. That’s why Matt Glover and Mary Alice Berry show how to project rather than plan- to design a sequence of instruction that not only supports deep understanding but gives you the agency to respond to individual needs and meet key writing standards.
Projecting Possibilities for Writers shares how to determine what to teach during a unit, how to teach it, and why to teach it- as well as when to make the crucial adjustments that this flexible approach makes possible. You’ll look over Mary Alice’s shoulder as she plans a unit for her writing workshop, while “Try It Out” suggestions lead you to project your own units.
Solve the flexibility vs. planning dilemma! Trust Projecting Possibilities for Writers and learn to teach with a road map rather than a rigid set of directions as you create learning experiences for classes of individual students with individual needs. 160 pages
- Responsive Teaching in the Writing Workshop
- Organizing Your Teaching into Units of Study
- Projecting a Unit of Study: A Process Overview
- What Should I Teach? Choosing Units of Study
- Studying Mentor Texts and Projecting Teaching Possibilities
- Determining Primary and Secondary Goals
- Projecting Mini-lessons and Anticipating Issues
- Responding and Reflecting During and After a Unit of Study
Possible Units of Study
Unit of Study Projection Template
Critical and Possible Units of Study
Resources for Understanding the Qualities of Good Writing
Resources for Reading Like a Writer
August 28, 2012