Grades 5 & 6 Writing
Here you will find Libguides that contain the most current District writing
framework for grades 5 and 6, along with resources to support writing
instruction. Please use the Libguides when planning and implementing
writing instruction. Please feel free to recommend any additional
resources you believe would be helpful by contacting your school’s
representative (TEMS – Rick Mattison and Andrew Broadhead; VFMS – Colleen
O’Hara and Mindy King).
TESD Writing Belief Statements
"Everyone has the capacity to write, writing can be
taught, and teachers can help students become better writers." - NCTE
Writing is purposeful:
Writing is thinking. Sometimes you are
learning to write; other times, you are writing to learn.
Writing is contextual. Good writers
consider their intent, audience, and mode.
Writing is interdisciplinary.
Students use writing to communicate their ideas across all content areas.
Writing is a process influenced by:
Students and Teachers
Writing is developmental and will look
different for each writer.
Writing is connected to all literacies,
such as reading, speaking, and listening.
Writing emerges from life
experiences—formal and informal, personal and shared.
Writing Experiences and Pedagogy
Writing requires student choice, effective
modeling, structured opportunities, and meaningful feedback.
Writing instruction depends on ongoing
teacher collaboration to discuss, determine, and implement best practices.
Writing is multi-genre and results in a
variety of products.
Writing assessment occurs for different
purposes—before, during, and after learning—and takes various
forms—self-reflective, peer-to-peer, and teacher-student.
Culture and Environment
Writing requires a nurturing environment
that challenges students to take risks, reflect, and revise.
Writers need dedicated blocks of time;
writing improves over time and with regular practice.
Writing is supported by purposeful and