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August/Back to School Writing Activities Aligned to Common Core Standards

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1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
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This product was designed to give students an opportunity to practice all 3 types of Common Core Writing: Opinion, Informative/Explanatory, Narrative, PLUS Shared Research Writing (also in the Common Core Writing Standards and often overlooked). Your students can write one piece per week OR you can pick and choose writing pieces based on your students' needs or, even better, let the students choose!

These activities will not "teach" the types of writing, but will merely give the students practice with each type of writing each month with a themed approach and real-life writing activities, many of which are cross-curricular integrating science and social studies concepts. The Common Core Standards focus on preparing our kids for the real world and these authentic writing pieces will do just that! They are aligned to Common Core Writing Standards for Grades 1-4.

I have included primary writing lines, as well as intermediate for differentiation purposes and various grade levels. With each activity, there is a writing task page (in color). This can be displayed on a projector screen, document camera, placed in a writing center, or put in a writing portfolio, binder, or notebook. Next you will usually find some sort of graphic organizer or brainstorming/note sheet followed by the publishing pages and an extra page for the writers that get pretty lengthy with their pieces. These writing activities can complement ANY writing curriculum or ELA program.

For more detailed information, you can check out my blog post {HERE}.

If you like what you see, please check out my other monthly Common Core Writing Activities!

** THIS IS A SECURED FILE WHICH MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER **

Thanks for stopping by!
Jamie

The Common Core Standards were developed and written by the NGA.
© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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Thank you! I have them for every month and I also have them bundled which will save you 20%. You can find them all in my store! :)
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On  August 19, 2013,  Buyer asked:
As an elementary school librarian, I would like to know if these would work during library time? I love the idea of using them as a support to what is going on in the classroom.
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On  August 19, 2013Jamie Rector answered:
Hmmm, interesting question. I'm not sure. It depends on what you are looking for. These are writing activities that are aligned to the 3 types of Common Core Writing, plus a Shared Research piece (also in the CC). If you could integrate writing time into library time, I could only imagine how blessed your teachers would feel! :) Take a peek at this blog post to get an idea of what this product and the bundles have to offer. I think it might help you to decide. Thanks for stopping by and I find it really great that you're trying to integrate classroom content into your library time. Check out this blog post that gives more info about the Common Core Writing units: http://2ndgradestuff.blogspot.com/2013/06/common-core-writing-q-session.html
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Hello! Are you creating other writing activities similar to the August Writing Activities Aligned to Common Core? We must teach these types of activities each 9 week segment...so I am watching for more that are set up this way. They are very easy for students to understand expectations up front. The only thing I would add to the rubric is something about beautiful handwriting! Thanks for all of your contributions to TPT!! Rs
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On  September 19, 2012Jamie Rector answered:
Hi, thanks for stopping by my store! I am making these for my classroom as well for each month, so October is on the way! September is also done and posted so check it out if you haven't already. Be on the lookout in the next week or so for the October pack. Thanks for your interest!
Jamie
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On your "My Purchases" tab above, the third paragraph of text will help you with this problem. It's a TPT-related issue and not an issue on my end. It's usually a matter of updating your Adobe Reader and/or opening in Adobe Reader and NOT Preview on a Mac. If you're still having problems, on the My Purchases page to the right there is a link that says Download Difficulties and usually that will solve the problem as well. If all else fails, use the Contact Us button at the bottom of any TPT site page and TPT Customer Service will be happy to help with your download. I'm super sorry you're having problems downloading, but I'm sure they will help you get this resolved. Thanks so much!
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Ok there are two other options: 1. Re-download the file again. Perhaps it was damaged in download. 2. On the My Purchases page there is also a Need Help? Section to the right of the page that says Download Difficulties in red text. A lot of times you can get the file emailed to you there from TPT or request for them to email it to you if the file is too large. I just did another test download and things are working perfect on my end and numerous other people have downloaded it and opened it with no problem (even this morning), so I'll direct you to TPT through the Contact Us button or the other section that I mentioned above. They will get back with you super quickly, I promise. I'm so sorry you're having trouble. I know how frustrating it must be. No other customers have had this issue, but I know the site has had lots of download and opening file issues since the upgrade last week. :( I know they will fix if for you.

Edited to Add: You can also try a different computer and if you're on a Mac, you must open all TPT files in Adobe, NOT Preview. Those are the only tricks I know. Email me at jamie_rector@att.net and let me know what Contact Us does for you. I want you super happy with your purchase and I know you'll love the writing activities (WHEN you can open them!) :)
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August/Back to School Writing Activities Aligned to Common
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August/Back to School Writing Activities Aligned to Common
August/Back to School Writing Activities Aligned to Common