Learning Progressions in Writing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Yay! I'm so glad you're here! I haven't blogged in FOREVER. After adjusting to a new grade level last year I needed some time off. Now that I'm in year 2 of 4th grade I thought I'd give this whole blogging thing another shot. 

Lately there's been a lot of talk in our district about using Learning Progressions with students to lift the level of the reading and writing during workshop. I should add, we are using the Lucy Calkins units of study for reading and writing. 

I don't know about you, but if you've seen the way Lucy crams all that information into a 2 page learning progression you're probably as overwhelmed as I am. I decided that in order for these progressions to be useful for my learners I had to make them kid friendly


I started by taking the grade 3-5 pieces of the progression and separated them by topic (lead, transitions, ending, craft, etc.). Then I thought about the annotated student work in the Pathways book. Behind each micro-progression I've included a student example that shows what is expected at the 4th grade level. 

This new tool has completely changed my writing conferences. It is my go-to! After asking the student to tell me about their writing goal we flip through the progressions and find a place to work from. 

The student pictured above was checking in with me to show that she moved her lead to the 5th grade level. After we found evidence to support this she went back into the progressions, chose a new area to focus on and she's now taking notes on how she plans to revise her ending. 


If you're interested in using these micro-progressions with your students too you can access this resource below. *This is not my own work, this resource is adapted from Lucy Calkin's Writing Unit, The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction. 


Check back for the Opinion and Informational Writing Progression Mini Book.

I'd love to hear about how you use the Learning Progressions during your workshop. Let me know in the comments!

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