Second Grade Writers: Units of Study to Help Children Focus on Audience and Purpose

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Children enter second grade with strategies for turning their ideas into a plan for writing. Now it's time to show them how to think more deeply about who will read their writing and what it will accomplish. Second Grade Writers gives you proven, effective ways to help young children take steps toward intermediate writing by teaching them about the important roles of audience and purpose.

In Second Grade Writers Stephanie Parsons (author of First Grade Writers and a coauthor of Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for Primary Writing) offers five specific units of study that help children develop a keener sense of what they can and want to accomplish in their writing. Beginning with a September unit designed to build a classroom community that supports risk taking and encourages students to immerse themselves in writing, each successive unit engages children in a different genre and fosters increasing independence. Each type of writing has a very different purpose and audience and opens up new possibilities as students experiment with:

  • making change
  • reviewing a book
  • exploring humor
  • sharing their own research.

Parsons' units of study are laid out logically with a thorough description of the unit, teaching points for the minilessons - including examples of classroom language - assessment diagnostics, elaborations and variations, troubleshooting tips, and month-by-month planning ideas.

Whether you areaugmenting your existing workshop or establishing a new one, help your students move toward independence by considering their audience and writing with clarity and purpose. Read Second Grade Writers, implement its units of study, and help children become more engaged, more independent writers today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325010311
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 995,835
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Parsons is the author of Introduction to Writing Workshop, Grades 3-5, a course on Heinemann's Digital Campus. She knows the big goals we have for students - and the joy and pride we feel when they reach them. As a literacy consultant, a former staff developer with Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and a former teacher, she loves working alongside teachers and children to discover new ways of teaching. She hopes you will feel the power of transformative teaching along with your students. Stephanie is the author of the Heinemann titles First Grade Readers, Second Grade Writers, and First Grade Writers as well as a coauthor with Lucy Calkins of Units of Study for Primary Writing, classroom materials from firsthand. After attending Yale University and Teachers College at Columbia University, she became a first grade teacher at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn. She is now a reading and writing staff developer working with elementary schools in New York City and across the country.
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