Language Arts Understanding by Design Lesson Plans


By Megan Nitcholas and Audrey Tan

This unit is designed as a beginning of the year unit in 1st grade writing. Students will have had very limited exposure to writing.
Students will be introduced to the writing workshop format and develop their confidence as beginning writers. Students will discover the power of writing as a tool for communication. Throughout the unit students will practice becoming independent writers. They will learn how to generate personally relevant topics. Through mini-lessons, students will learn that writing is an ongoing process and that their writing is continually evolving.
The unit will conclude with students demonstrating their learning through creating a beginning writing piece that will be made into a class book. Students will celebrate their progress as a writer and collectively create a writing workshop contract that will be referred back to throughout the rest of the school year.

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