3-5 Writing

In your group, please discuss the following questions and collaboratively write a response to each question below. Base your ideas on what you have read in Calkins and Graves and, when possible, cite pages that support your ideas.


At these grade levels, what does writing look like? What can students be reasonably expected to do?
A higher level of emotional writing can be expected. The levels of writing among each student may very greatly.

What range of skills might a teacher expect to see in her/his writers?
There is a wide range of skill levels in these grades.

What should teachers expect students to do for revision? When they offer peer response?
Instead of completly re-doing the piece of writing, students should understand that revision is a process, not a re-do.


At these grade levels, what role should the teacher play? In what ways might teachers respond to students' writing?
Teachers should attempt to always respond positively. Teacher should give them more freedom and facilitate the writing rather than control it. Final drafts are being done with more detail after revising by circling and underlining parts that need more elaboration.

How could teachers use notebooks at these grade levels to support student writers?
Journals could be used to allow students to write about topics they are familiar with and enjoy. The concept is to get students to enjoy writing, this could be an on going project that students could come back to and expand on.

About Calkins' and Graves' Philosophies

What assumptions do Calkins and Graves hold about teaching and learning? How is this similar to and different from your own experience at this grade level?
Calkins stresses creating a comfortable community in the classroom to promote positivity among writers in order to allow them to write openly without fear of ridicule. We did have a similar experience to this in the sense that the teacher tried to create a positive environment.