Writing Curriculum Manual
and free videos to teach the
Common Core State Writing
Standards for second and third
grade students. This manual
and online videos are packed
with research-based, highly
engaging lessons, tools, and
techniques to ensure ALL
students master the standards.
Table of Contents: 2-3 Writing Curriculum Videos
This online training is for Teachers, Support Staff, and Parents. Utilize Nancy Fetzer’s 2-3 Writing Curriculum Online Training Manual and Videos to teach the Common Core State Writing Standards for Second and Third Grade Students. The manual and videos are packed with research-based, highly engaging lessons, tools, and techniques to ensure ALL students, whether Second Language Learners, Special Education, and General Education master the standards.
Common Core Standards p. 5
This chapter begins with an overview of the 2-3 Common Core Writing Standards. There are three major domains of writing in the Common Core State Standards.
These include: 1. Narrative (personal and imaginative); 2. Informative/Explanatory (to inform, describe, explain, or analyze); and 3. Opinion Writing. In addition to the standards is an overview of the Nancy Fetzer stages of writing. These are direct instruction writing lessons packed with best teaching strategies designed to teach each genre. Specific skills are taught at each grade level and provide schoolwide continuity for each genre. A handy table is provided identifying each type of writing and the stages assigned to each grade level to ensure the standards are taught and to provide a schoolwide cohesive and coherent program.
Integrate Writing Across the Curriculum p. 9
Writing across the curriculum is highly recommended for students to master narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing. This video illustrates how to integrate writing into science, social studies and language arts.
The Writing Process: Plan, Talk, and Write p. 13
This chapter is an overview of the unique “Plan, Talk, and Write” process of writing, and how it is embedded, utilizing Direct Instruction Lessons to teach narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing.
Narrative Writing p. 19
Narrative Writing Tools p. 75
This video explains how to use and organize the many narrative writing tools. Also, in this tools section is a free download of the full-color 81/2″ x 14″ Narrative Writing Wall Charts for Stages 4-6.
Informative/Explanatory Writing Organizers p. 105
This Chapter highlights the six different text structures and matching organizers of informative/explanatory text for students to plan their writing, as well as unique hand signals used as memory devices to fill in the organizers.
Informative/Explanatory Writing p. 145
This Chapter outlines the unique “No Knowledge and Knowledge” format to develop academic language and informational writing skills integrated into the science and social studies curriculum. The “No Knowledge” activities introduce content vocabulary and background knowledge utilizing innovative written language techniques. These highly engaging methods include Lecture Notes, Content Vocabulary Diagrams, and Thinking Notes. The “Knowledge” activities include brainstorming and writing writing lessons.
The Brainstorming exercises develop rigor and critical thinking that directly link to the Informative/Explanatory Writing Lessons for Stages 3-8. Each writing stage begins with an introductory chant, followed by direct instruction steps for students to learn in order to plan and write their own information. These lessons teach all the elements and skills outlined in the Common Core Standards.
Informative/Explanatory Writing Tools p. 203
This video explains how to use and organize the many informative/explanatory writing tools. Also, in this tools section is a free download of full-color 81/2″ x 14″ Informative/Explanatory Writing Wall Charts for Stages 3-8.
Opinion Writing p. 221
This Chapter outlines detailed explanations of how to teach Stages 5-6 of opinion writing for topics and texts. Students learn how to form opinions, backed with evidence,
Sentences p. 277
This chapter introduces The Sentence Builder. This chart with manipulative “parts of speech cards” engage students to write powerful sentences for narrative and informational writing. Students learn to transform their ideas into sentence structures that provide more precise and active writing. In addition, a variety of student worksheets for students to practice skills learned from the Sentence Builder. The last two activities, “Combining Sentences” and “Author-My Try”, are packed with skills that include grammar, mechanics, word choice, voice and style.
Mentor Text to Writing Resource Wall p. 303
This chapter displays many different anchor charts the students and teacher can develop throughout the school year. The charts include descriptive language, ideas, phrases, and so many more resources students can assess to enhance their writing.
Revise and Edit p. 321
This Chapter explains kid-friendly methods for students to revise and edit their written work for content & organization, sentences and words, and mechanics & grammar.
Schedules p. 407
This chapter provides sample schedules for second and third grade programs. Use these schedules as a starting point to tailor your own instructional day.