How can you inspire your students to find their inner writer? What tools do they need to more effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas? Where are the writing genres taught in Houghton Mifflin? Find answers to these questions and more on The Literacy Circle Writing Page.
Houghton Mifflin is a spiraling curriculum. Each year students encounter many of the same concepts at increasingly deeper and more involved levels. This holds true for writing, too. Beginning in Kindergarten with modeled and shared writing, Houghton Mifflin provides a basic foundation for your writer’s workshop. HM themes include five days of writing instruction and samples of student writing in grade level anthologies (beginning with first grade). These Frameworks are a map of the writing genres and forms used within the themes at each grade level.
Cindy Forsyth, retired ASD elementary teacher and Alaska Writing Consortium Instructor, has designed lessons to correlate the Houghton Mifflin Reading and Writing Program. These lessons offer ideas for supplementary mentor texts (well-written trade books), tips on teaching the writing process, and 6-Traits Writing rubrics for assessment. Students learn the fine points of being a writer and the magic of the written word.
ASD K-6 teachers are encouraged to create and share their own Houghton Mifflin / Mentor Text lessons. See Aimee Campbell's Grade 3 lesson, "Instructions," and Jo Ellen Munoz's Grade 2 lesson, "Color Poems," at right for examples. Additional lessons can be found by grade level in the Teacher Sharing pages.
Writing Workshop is a framework for teaching, encouraging and letting young author’s share their work. The workshop usually begins with a teacher-directed mini-lesson based on class needs and student skills. Students participate in all stages of the writing process, including peer and teacher conferences. Workshop ends with “author’s chair,” an opportunity for students to share their writing.
The Writing Process
Here in a nutshell is the writing process. Remember it is a process, writing takes time. Check the Web sites below for further information.
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What tools are in your literacy toolbox? Try out these resources and Web site tools for spelling, grammar, writing, and technology.
Houghton Mifflin correlates spelling patterns with the sound spellings introduced in phonics lessons. As the program spirals through the grades, affixes and root words are also addressed. Check out the following sites to enhance your spelling program.