9 Lessons and Resources to be used again and again until your young writers master it! Delve into narrative writing with your primary students - even the students who struggle! These lessons were also designed to meet the CCSS requirements for primary writing.
I am a first grade teacher. I have been in education for over 14 years. I have been a Special Education Teacher, Reading Intervention Teacher and Literacy Coach. I have studied all of the great teachers of writing; Lucy Calkins, Donald Graves, Ralph Fletcher, Melissa Forney, Lester Laminac and more. I wish I had the time to use all of the great ideas that I have learned from them! I barely had time to read all of their books!
I must say that in this day and age of teaching, I am so inundated with every imaginable distraction to my teaching, I needed to find an effective unit on narrative writing that I could use in the limited amount of time I am allocated to teach narrative writing.
I asked my colleagues for resources that I could use to teach narrative writing. (Not theory and not something that takes 6 weeks before we ever really get started.) I looked on all of the web sites I could think of. My colleagues shared that they have the same concerns and needs that I do. I could not find anything that fit my criteria so I decided to develop something of my own.
It is simple. It is not rocket science. But, it is based on what I know about literacy and about what is developmentally appropriate for my students to develop their skills in narrative writing. If you have students who struggle with writing and you need a rather clear resource that you can use to delve right in, this may help you as well. I hope it does!
I know that it is not fancy with clip art and fonts. I have not learned how to use those features yet. Maybe someday! However, I believe its value is more in the simplicity in using the lessons and how they align with the way a child develops as a writer. You do not have to read a textbook to use it – but it is based on having read many writing textbooks!
These lessons are a series of 9 lessons with resources that you would repeat over and over until your students become proficient and independent at writing narratives. Since you are repeating a clear and concise process, they will internalize it quickly. As they internalize the process, their writing will become more elaborate and they will not need so much scaffolding.
As a first grade teacher in a school with many students who struggle with reading, literacy and language, I have found the scaffolding and a clear sequence very helpful in guiding my students to meeting the CCSS writing standards.
I am constantly learning and tweaking my resources. I welcome your feedback on how this worked for you and how it can be improved. I will update and improve it based on what I hear from fellow teachers and make all updated versions free to those who purchased it in the past. I really want to find a way to help teachers teach writing with the demands and limited time we have.
Best of luck to you and your students always!