First-graders in Carol Opie’s classroom took visitors on a tour of their “writing museum” on March 29, acting as docents to expertly explain the topics that they had written about in informational texts.

This celebration capped an entire unit about informational writing—as designed by Lucy Calkins, founding director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project—during which students learned how to generate strong topics, organize information, revise and edit writing, and publish and present books.  The students finished their first writing unit of the year—about narrative writing—in the fall with a similar writing celebration. They kicked off their second unit—about non-fiction chapter books (including informational writing)—knowing that they were working toward another celebration when they completed their lessons.

“This motivated them every single day of the unit,” Ms. Opie said. “Their enthusiasm was palpable. My kids are so proud of their work!”

Students wrote about topics as diverse as gymnastics, gravity, dogs, flowers, math, and video games—proof that we are all experts when it comes to our passion!

Pictures and videos of the writing celebration:

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