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Writing Teeny Adventures, Rising Grade 2, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Writing Teeny Adventure is designed to communicate to kids that their stories, their lives, and their words matter, and that school is a place to bring all of themselves to the page. Writing workshops can be a place to connect with others, to feel seen and heard and honored, and the curriculum aims to do all this.

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These all-new, standards-based—and joyful—summer school units/modules were developed around what we observe to be the most important needs of students as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for the new school year. We offer the units in a suggested sequence, but, because we know that some schools and districts will wish to plan their own sequence, each module can be purchased a-la-carte as well. See the “Subscription Terms and Conditions” section on this webpage for more information.

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Writing Teeny Adventure is designed to communicate to kids that their stories, their lives, and their words matter, and that school is a place to bring all of themselves to the page. Writing workshops can be a place to connect with others, to feel seen and heard and honored, and the curriculum aims to do all this. This is also a time to teach kids the habits that underlie all successful early writing. Kids are given strategies to generate their own ideas for Teeny Adventure stories. They are asked to think about the people they love, places they go, and all the things that make them special to get ideas for stories. Then, kids are coached to independently plan their stories and to write a few each week. 

There is also urgency to help kids develop foundational skills, and this unit supports kids to get more words and sentences on the page with independence. These foundational skills include a knowledge of high frequency words, phonemic awareness, and phonics skills such as the ability to segment words into sounds, represent those sounds with letters, and an expectation that one draws on phonics in order to write. Kids will learn to spell words with greater accuracy, listening closely for blends, digraphs, short vowel and long vowel sounds. They also practice writing multisyllabic words and spelling common word endings like -ing, -er, and -ed correctly. 

For more information about the TCRWP Virtual Summer School Curriculum, visit UnitsofStudy.com/SummerSchool.

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