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Writing Series Fiction, Rising Grade 3, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

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In this module, Rising Grade 3 students will learn to develop characters by adding distinctive details that reoccur in every book of their series, by thinking about their character’s traits and finding ways to show those through actions and dialogue. They’ll give their character a series of problem adventures.

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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.

About this Unit/Module

This writing unit has been designed to create the kind of close-knit, caring writing community that young people so need, to rally kids to be invested in writing, and also to support foundational skills such as using story structure to plan, writing with fluency, building more sight vocabulary, and spelling big words using phonemic awareness and phonics. The unit develops kids’ joy, confidence, and self-concept as writers, while building their foundational skills. 

Children develop a pretend character and take those characters on adventures. Children are reminded to use sight vocabulary and their phonics skills to write readable stories, making sure they don’t drop the second letter in blends (as is common) and that they include a vowel in every syllable. They’ll storytell before they write to support fluency and oral language, and be reminded to draw on very simple story structure to do this. 

Students will learn to develop characters by adding distinctive details that reoccur in every book of their series, by thinking about their character’s traits and finding ways to show those through actions and dialogue. They’ll give their character a series of problem adventures. 

Throughout this work, students are guided to use phonics and knowledge of conventions on the run as they engage in first draft writing, and to reread their writing, monitoring for sense, revising for clarity, and making their writing more readable. 

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

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