Reading Like Writers, Writing Like Readers Session 3 (1/2) - Pingry Summer
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Reading Like Writers, Writing Like Readers Session 3 (1/2)

Short Hills
Rising Grades 1-2
July 18th - 22nd
Half Day, AM
Signature Program
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$775 / Week

Course at a Glance

Fiction: Thinking and Caring about the Characters We Love and Writing Fiction Stories and Thinking Big!

Based upon the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop format, this week will be devoted to first and second grade readers and writers who will be developing their growing skills for reading and writing, learning about its power and purpose. This week, students will be reading and following the characters in their stories. They will walk in the shoes of their characters and also see through their characters’ eyes. They will get to know their characters well by making connections with a character, and develop theories about why a character does or says things. They will notice how other characters treat their characters in their stories. 


The writing session will coincide with the reading unit. This week, the students will be writing fiction stories. By imagining moments in their own lives, writers will select a story idea and develop their story thinking about possible problems and solutions their characters might encounter. They will think about their characters’ external and internal traits as well as their wants and struggles. They will plot their story using a story mountain and learn how to make their characters talk and feel in their stories. This week will allow them a unique experience to develop informed theories about the characters in the stories that they read, as well as an opportunity to develop their own characters in a story. 


They will continue to learn to develop their stamina, fluency, and comprehension. Each day, students will participate in reading and writing mini-lessons, have time to read and write independently, engage in one-on-one conferences with the teacher, and receive individualized instruction. They will learn to deepen their reading comprehension and lift the level of their own writing through the use of a variety of literacy skills, strategies, tools, and mentor texts.


Target Skills



  • Students will identify main characters, secondary characters
  • Students will infer to identify character traits and motivations
  • Students will read with accuracy and fluency.
  • Students will use thinking stems to generate thinking before, during, and after reading.
  • Students follow a timeline of events that happen to the characters in their stories.
  • Students will recognize when they are having difficulty in figuring out a word.
    • They will apply word attack strategies where appropriate
    • They will expand on sight words to increase fluency
    • They will fix their reading if and when they make mistakes


  • Writers will see themselves as authors.
  • Writers will develop a character. 
  • Writers will write a storyline with a problem and solution.
  • Writers will learn how to show-not-tell in their stories by using details and elaboration.
  • Writers will be able to write with increased stamina.
  • Writers will experience the writing process; Collecting, Rehearsing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing, Celebrating 



Dates Times
July 18th- July 22nd 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Doing an afternoon camp? Lunch can be added for a fee.

Drop Off/Pick Up Location

Front Driveway entrance

What to Expect

Enrichment. Advancement. Development. A Summertime Taste of Pingry’s Academics.

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