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Writing (Upper & Lower Elementary)

girl writingStudents at Tobin Montessori School engage in writer’s workshop to learn about the process of writing. During writing workshop, students learn what it means to be a writer - how writers think, plan, compose, revise, and share their work. A typical writing workshop begins with a mini lesson after which students write on their own while teachers meet with small guided writing groups based on student need or confer with individual writers. Our writing curriculum is focused on helping students to develop both the mechanical and analytical skills to get their ideas on paper. We organize these general skills into six traits:

  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Conventions
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Word Choice
  • Voice

The Tobin Montessori School ELA Writing Curriculum consists of three anchor units for grades 1-5: Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, this curriculum provides coherence and consistency in literacy instruction in writing while allowing opportunity for teachers to make expert decisions in their day-to-day teaching. The curriculum also provides a focus for collaboration and professional learning among ELA colleagues across the school.

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Narrative Writing Objectives
Persuasive Writing Objectives
Expository Writing Objectives