Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Non-Fiction Writing!

Our next unit in writing is non-fiction writing!  I know the class is going to be SOOOO excited to move on to something new. (me too)

I follow The Units of Study writing curriculum by-Lucy Calkins.  I love it!  If you don't know about this...you should!  It's amazing!
Here's the website if you want to learn more!
The kit includes a CD with printable paper and graphic organizers, but I made a few of my own things to help out during my lessons.
In the non-fiction unit, we will start with how-to books.  I begin by making a list of some non-fiction topics we could write about. I plan to have the class add this list to our writer's notebooks for them come up with their own ideas and refer back to.

I will make an anchor chart as we go to list all the information about how-to books, but I also made this mini notes page to add to their writer's notebooks. 

We use this paper to plan and write our how-to steps:


When we get to the point where we will publish a how-to book, we have a checklist to make sure we have everything we need.


I added all of these pages to a flipchart so I can model the process.


Here is the grading rubric for their how-to book!
Next up...All-About Books!
This will be an anchor chart, but I also add the notes to their writer's notebooks.

For the all-about books, they will be adding several different kinds writing pages.  They can add a how-to, different kinds of something, listing, all-about page, parts of a thing,and table of contents!  It's so much fun!  I love to see what they come up with.
These are a few of the pages I will have out at the writing table for them to use in their all-about books.

When we are ready to publish, we have a checklist to help us get ready.
I also added all of these pages to a flipchart.

Here's the rubric for All-About Books!
I hope that some of this is helpful to you!


  1. You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for these resources!!!!!

  2. Do you have any suggestions for read-alouds for the unit?

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