As with reading, student learn how to use writing skills from primary grades to create, edit, and publish more advanced writing.
Unit 1 Crafting True Stories (Narrative) As in previous Lucy Calkins WUOS, students will begin with composing narrative stories. Students will focus on creating a true story that happened to them, revising the narrative story, and create a finished draft. Unlike previous years, narrative stories focus more on writing, with little to no illustration. This mimics the kind of text students will be reading.
Unit 2 The Art of Information Writing (Information) Mentor Text: Deadliest Animals (National Geographic Reader) by Melissa Stewart Just as students are delving into information reading, this unit focuses on writing a "variety of information" chapter books, applying what they know about topics and subtopics. "They are supported in this challenging work because they are writing about topics on which they have firsthand, personal knowledge: dogs, soccer, gymnastics." (Calkins, 2016).
Deadliest Animals (National Geographic Reader) by Melissa Stewart
Unit 3 Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials (Opinion) In this unit, "third-graders to use their newfound abilities to gather and organize information to persuade people about causes the children believe matter [for example]: stopping bullying, recycling, saving dogs at the SPCA." (Calkins, 2016).
Unit 4 Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales (Narrative) Mentor Text: Students explore "familiar fairy tales" to learn "techniques of fiction writing such as writing in scenes, employing an [all-knowing, all-seeing] narrator to orient readers, using story structure to create tension, and crafting figurative language to convey mood." (Calkins, 2016).