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Writing Curriculum

Writing Units of Study by Grade Level
 Grade 2
  •  Lessons from the Masters (September/October)
  • The How-To Guide for Nonfiction Writing (November/December)
  • Writing Gripping Fictional Stories (January)
  • Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages (February/March)
  • A User's Guide for Lab Reports and Science Books (March/April)
  • Writing About Reading (May/June)

Grade 3

  •  Crafting True Stories (September/October)
  • The Art of Information Writing (October/November)
  • Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials (November/December)
  • Baby Literary Essay (Mid-November/December)
  • Building Stamina in Reading (March)
  • Writing About Writing (April/May)
  • Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales (May/June)

Grade 4

  •  The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction (September/October)
  • Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays (October/November)
  • Writing Historical Fiction: Tackling Complex Texts (November/December)
  • A User's Guide for the Literary Essay: Writing About Fiction (January/February)
  • Building Stamina in Writing (March)
  • Reading History: The American Revolution and Bringing History to Life (April/May)
  • Journalism (May/June)

Grade 5

  •  Narrative Craft, Character Studies, and Interpretation Book Clubs (September/October)
  • Information Writing: Feature Articles on Topics of Personal Expertise (October/November)
  • Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues and The Research-Based Argument Essay (November/December)
  • Literary Essay: Opening Texts and Seeing More (January/February)
  • Building Stamina in Writing (March)
  • The Lens of History, Reading in the Content Area and Westward Expansion in Social Studies (April/May)
  • Shaping Texts: From Essay and Narrative to Memoir (June)