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Writing Invitations, Rising Grade 1, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This unit engages young kids to write for real-world reasons: to make signs, letters, how-to books, songs, and playful rhymes. It supports phonemic awareness and letter/sound knowledge. Research is clear that writing is one of the most potent ways for young kids to practice and develop skills at stretching out words, segmenting them, and hearing initial, middle, final sounds.

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This unit engages young kids to write for real-world reasons: to make signs, letters, how-to books, songs, and playful rhymes. It supports phonemic awareness and letter/sound knowledge. Research is clear that writing is one of the most potent ways for young kids to practice and develop skills at stretching out words, segmenting them, and hearing initial, middle, final sounds. Students will also work on learning and using high frequency words, coming to own those words as only a writer can, using those words to write with far more fluency and confidence. 

This unit also helps students regard themselves as writers as they engage in the writing process, and write for audiences. They’ll learn to add more to their writing and also to rehearse for their writing by saying what they want to write before writing it. 

Although this is a writing unit, students also work on decoding. They’ll be taught to slide across words, engaging in additive blending to reread those words. They’ll use their growing knowledge of short vowels to make their writing more readable. When rereading writing, students will consolidate their knowledge of high frequency words and be reminded that monitoring for sense is all-important. 

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