Thank you very much for all of your contributions to the Japanese Culture Day. We all had a lot of hands on, amazing experiences!
Next Writer’s Workshop
We will start a new Writer’s Workshop unit Writing about Reading. The students will learn to write about books in ways that form opinions about books they read, thinking deeply about characters within and across a book series. Students will learn to state clear opinions and to support these ideas with evidence. In first grade, your child might have learned about opinion writing. Now in second grade, in addition to introducing the topic they are writing about, we will also introduce the book they are writing about (rather than only name it), supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words to connect opinion and reasons and provide a concluding statement or section.
Students will begin this unit writing letters. They will draft letters about the characters they have met in their books, formulating opinions and supporting their ideas, providing reasons and using details and examples from the text to support their claims. They will learn to state opinions clearly, retell their stories so that their opinions make sense to readers and revise their letters before sending them out into the world.
Then, they will focus on raising the level of their letter writing. They will engage in some close reading as a way to spark new ideas and to push themselves to deepen their thinking.
Finally, they will move on from persuasive letters into more of an essay format as we write to persuade others that their favourite books are worthy of awards.