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Farmington Elementary . Writing Instruction KASC Conference September 29, 2008. Denise Whitaker, Principal Cassie Orr, Fourth Grade Teacher. Our School. Pre-school – Sixth Grades 300 students Two homerooms of each grade level 50% Free/Reduced Lunch

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Farmington elementary

Farmington Elementary

Writing Instruction

KASC Conference

September 29, 2008

Denise Whitaker, Principal

Cassie Orr, Fourth Grade Teacher


Our school

Our School

  • Pre-school – Sixth Grades

  • 300 students

  • Two homerooms of each grade level

  • 50% Free/Reduced Lunch

  • First, second, & third grades – Science & Soc. Studies

  • Fourth, Fifth & Sixth – each teacher has two subjects

  • One Reading & Writing teacher for fourth & sixth graders

  • .5 P.E. and .5 Arts & Humanities

  • K-4 teachers are .2 Title I

  • After School Tutoring ESS – bus transportation


Reading instruction

Reading Instruction

  • Core reading with whole group

  • Reading groups – K-4 ~ School Scheduled

  • Fifth Grade has small class size

  • Sixth Grade has reading & writing teacher

  • Focus on five parts of reading

  • Increase in non-fiction reading

  • Multiple choice and open response at all levels


Writing instruction portfolios school focus

Writing InstructionPortfolios – School Focus

  • Wildcat writing folders – K-6

  • Writing every day – journals

  • Pieces at each level

  • Typing, word processing and correcting

  • Sharing their work with real audiences

  • EVERY teacher is responsible for fourth grade portfolios


Writing instruction portfolios fourth grade

Writing InstructionPortfolios – Fourth Grade

  • Schedule for the year

    First nine weeks – Feature Article

    Second nine weeks – Short Story

    Third nine weeks – Reflective Letter

  • Love for writing must come first

  • Fifth Graders share and provide examples

  • Paragraphs, Sentences, Vocabulary

  • Each piece - Graphic Organizers

  • Revision with portfolio buddies


Writing instruction on demand

Writing InstructionOn-Demand

  • Whole school initiatives

  • Real audiences

  • Purpose and Audience analysis

  • Examples & Exposure

  • Outline

    SPAM, five paragraphs, eight sentences

  • Modeling & Practice

  • Students write their own


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