Mrs. Wilson\’s Inspired Classroom

Fifth Grade Plans for Writing Workshop

This is where I will be posting the lesson plans that I am using with my 5th graders at Guthrie Elementary School.  I don’t have these students on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, so there are only 3 days of WW plans each week.  I use the Lucy Calkins unit of Study, 6 traits and the book by Denise Leograndis “Launching the Writing Workshop”.  So when you see page numbers, I am referencing those sources.

6 Traits of Good Writing Menu

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6 – This is the week we have been publishing our writing digitally.  We’ve been busy making recordings and typing up our stories

Week 7

Week 8 – found a typo!  The book I used on Monday was “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs”

Week 9

Week 10

Because I am the writing teacher for K-5, I have the “honor” of coaching the UIL Ready Writing competition.  I have “honor”  in quotes because I personally think it is too early in the year to begin prompt writing instruction.  However our competition is the first week of December, and I guess I have put it off long enough.  So the next four weeks of lesson plans will all be prompt writing.

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13 – Same as week 12.  We are continuing to prepare for our UIL Contest which is the week after Thanksgiving.

Week 14

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17 – We will be working on our new laptops this week.  We will be typing our finished writing and working on our word processing skills

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20

Week 21 – school was cut short by a day and half due to bad weather last week.  Needless to say, my already shortened week with 5th graders was cut even shorter, so I will be using last week’s lessons for week 21

Week 22 – We will be publishing stories this week

Week 23 – 26 – We are beginning to work on our Guthrie Jaguar Alphabet book.  All the work will be done in Power Point.  We will begin with a study of Alphaet books – looking at layouts, how the information is presented and what information is presented.  After brainstorming anaimals that could be included in the book, student groups will be assigned animals to research.  Students will then put their information on power point slides.   These sudents have not used the internet to do research nor have they used power point, so this unit is going to take a while to complete.

Week 26 & 27 – We are working on our own versions of THE IMPORTANT BOOK  by Margaret Wise Brown.  Students have chosen several things and have written what is important about them in the same pattern as the book.  We have also studied the illustrations and how the illustrator placed the words and pictures on the page.  Students are writing and illustrating their own books.

Weeks 28 – 31 – These will be science weeks for us.  We are learning about life cycles.  We have been observing  the life cycle of plants and  butterflies.  As for the writing component, I have introduced a science journal and we have learning how to draw and label diagrams.  We have also been learning how to write about what we have observed.  The kids have loved this and it’s been a good break from the traditional Writing Workshop

Week 32 – This is the big week of state testing in Texas.  I will be involved in helping to administer tests all week.

Week 33-36 – Writing Book Reviews.  For the next four weeks we will be learning how to write book reviews.  I am basing all my lessons from the book Writing about Reading by Janet Angelillo specifically focusing on Chapter 5 – Genres of Writing about Reading.  We will begin our unit of study by examining book reviews of some of our favorite books on  We will also be learning how to submit those reviews on the book review page on our school’s website.  Please vistit that page in the coming weeks to see our progress.


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