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An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon
When Scholastic asked what book selection I’d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Yolen is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to paint a vivid picture for her audience is a skill I share with my young authors throughout our studies of writing personal narratives, or small moments.  
My school uses the units of study created by a team within our district. The writing teachers that collaborated on the Common Core Units of Study are beyond talented. I am proud to highlight and share the work the Oakland County team has done. You will also find a selection of materials I developed to supplement and enhance this unit.  
To launch the unit, we study a variety of authors. We read from a rich selection of picture books so that students can see a wide array of writing techniques used by different authors. Before we get into the lessons, my class digs deep into studying Jane Yolen. As we begin our lessons, we move towards studying Jonathan London. Even though these two authors frame the bulk of our studies, we also infuse many other stories and authors into our reading and writing studies as well.  Below are a few of my favorite books for this unit.  

Unit: Lifting the Level of Personal Narrative by Studying Author’s Craft


The Essential Questions for the Unit






The Lesson Session Titles 

(download the entire unit – click here) (download the unit resources – click here)
You can obtain a complete set of the unit lesson plans and download the companion resources, too.  
Before we begin the writing process, we spend a great deal of time during reading workshop immersing the children in the genre we are studying as writers. Our students closely examine text through the lens of a writer. We notice the techniques authors use and talk about the motivation and purpose behind adding such craft into the story.  
You can access my full 5 day unit plan for Owl Moon with printables for free!
Simply click here to access the materials.


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  1. Hi Pam,

    We do ours first, too. I'm glad you find the resources helpful. Please let me know how it works for you next year. :)

    Happy New Year,


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