The mission of the Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. We accomplish this goal through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, principals and superintendents.
Proven Tools and Methods It is an understatement to say these units have been piloted many times. The teaching in these books has been planned, taught, revised, and retaught, through a cycle of improvement involving literally thousands of classrooms in schools dotting the globe.
The 7 Essentials of Writing Instruction "When a student enters your school, what promise do you make about the writing education he or she will receive? Writing needs to be taught like any other basic skill, with explicit instruction and ample opportunity for practice.
Almost every day, every student needs between fifty and sixty minutes for writing instruction. Writers write to put meaning onto the page. Young people will especially invest themselves in their writing if they write about subjects that are important to them.
The easiest way to support investment in writing is to teach children to choose their own topics most of the time. Children deserve to be explicitly taught how to write. Instruction matters—and this includes instruction in spelling and conventions, as well as in the qualities and strategies of good writing.
Students deserve the opportunity and instruction necessary for them to cycle through the writing process as they write: For children to write well, they need opportunities to read and hear texts read, and to read as insiders, studying what other authors have done that they, too, could try.
Students deserve clear goals and frequent feedback. They need to hear ways their writing is getting better and to know what their next steps might be.
Download Guide Chapter Read More. To read more about how you can work with colleagues to articulate the vision guiding writing instruction at your school, download the sample chapter for your grade level, excerpted from A Guide to the Writing Workshop Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School Grades.
Series Components Units of Study Four Units of Study per grade level include all the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small group work for a comprehensive workshop curriculum.
A Guide to the Writing Workshop Describes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing workshop instruction. Available for separate purchase—ideal for administrators and coaches who are supporting implementation of Units of Study.
Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions A powerful assessment system offering learning progressions, performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplars.
Trade Book Packs recommended optional purchase Across each unit, trade books are used to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.
Online Resources The Online Resources offer downloadable, printable files for the anchor charts, student exemplars, homework assignments, checklists, and assessment resources.
Online Resources - Spanish Translations Spanish translations of resources such as teaching points, anchor charts, and student self-assessment resources are provided, along with lists of Spanish-language mentor texts.
Grade-Level Video Orientations In these video courses, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues provide an overview of the units along with tips and guidelines to help teachers get off to a good start.The TCRWP has been a premier provider of professional development for educators in the area of literacy instruction for nearly 30 years.
Based at Teachers College. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) is the core of the English Language Arts instructional program in every elementary school. This research-based literacy program builds on each child’s strengths as a reader to help them access more interesting texts.
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a research and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Project's ideas are foundational to literacy instruction across the globe. The organization has a deep and long lasting affiliation with over six.
Carl Anderson’s new book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, spotlights the importance of conferring, offering ways to get started and ways to work on improving your conferring skills.
Carl offers tips for conferring with a diverse group of writers and how to fit this into a busy school schedule. The mission of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. They accomplish this goal through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders.
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