11 prewriting organizers available with clip art and in black and white. Descriptions and lesson plan ideas for each idea are also included. Organizers include these topics:
1. audience and purpose for writing
2. theme and mood
3. character development
4. character traits
5. how the characters change in the story
6. proper names relevant to fantasy writing
10. introductions that hook the reader
11. satisfying endings
Once all these pre-writing pieces have been completed, your students will be off and ready to write their first drafts. Some say the hardest part is getting started. These 11 writing pieces will get your students on a role!
Common Core State Standards Linked to This Unit:
4 of the 10 writing standards for 3rd grade and beyond are covered in this unit.
• W.3.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
o Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
• W.3.4. With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
• W.3.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
• W.3.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
I have taught 6 years as a classroom teacher and 2 years as a reading specialist. I am currently a literacy coordinator for grades 3-5. I teach intermediate students and coach teachers in the reading, writing, and language workshops.