Functional Writing
Functional Writing

Dear Parents/Guardians,

          This school year seems to be flying by!  We have completed Unit 1, the basic set up of the Writing Community, Unit 2, which focused on the Writing Process,  the Fiction Unit that encouraged your child to use his/her imagination and creative thinking skills and the Opinion Unit that taught your child how to persuade others to see their point of view on a topic.  Your child should have shared his/her published opinion piece with you at home, which was to be signed and returned to me.

          For the next few weeks we will be focusing on writing a ‘How To” piece.  This is a type of functional writing, where your child will explain to someone younger how to do something.  Learning to write and read functional pieces of writing, such as how to’s, menus, directions, recipes and lists are extremely important for everyday life.  We all encounter these types of writings on a daily basis. 

          In addition to the “How To” writing, the next couple of weeks will be dedicated to reviewing for the PSSA.  Our review will include the fictional and opinion units, as well as the grammar we have been working on.  Common and proper nouns, pronouns, action verbs and linking verbs, adjectives and adverbs, subjects and predicates, as well as compound and complex sentences will be the focus of our review.  All of these writing components and grammar skills will be included on the writing section of the PSSA test.      

If you ever have any questions or concerns please call or email me at

Kristie Timulak