Back to School Narrative Journals, Prompts, Checklist, Rubric, & Extensions

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This back to school narrative writing journal product is packed with goodies to help you teach writing personal narratives using the writing process. It consists of graphic organizers and prompts for August AND September. All of the prompts are linked to events or monthly celebrations for each month, such as Happiness Happens Day or Eat Outside Day. These events provide great narrative writing topics! There are informational texts explaining facets of the writing process, posters of the writing process, writing surveys, journal pages, journal covers, extension activities, and so much more!

Duplicate the pages you'll use and staple them into student writing journals. The activities are correlated with Common Core State Standards for second and third grade. I created it for use with my second graders, but it is great review for third graders who need to polish writing skills. The activities are classroom-tested; I have used these strategies and activities in my classroom for many years.

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The Writing Process Mini-Posters (6)

What Do Great Writers Do? Mini-Posters (Hook, Precise Word Choice, "7 UP" sentences, Supporting Details, Thoughts, Actions and Feelings, and Strong Conclusion) Color and Black and White Versions (13 pages)

4 Kinds of Writing Mini Posters (Narrative, Opinion, Informational/Explanatory and Persuasive)

2 Versions of Writing Rubric (Teacher and Student)

Writing Conference Checklist (2 pages)

How to Use the Writing Conference Checklist

August Journal Cover

August Writing Survey, Expert List and Goal for the Month

What is Narrative Writing? Informational Text, Plus List of Transition Words

What is a Paragraph? Informational Text, Plus List of Safe Paragraph Starters

About the Author Information Page for Journal

August Selfie Illustration Template

August Selfie Graphic Organizer and Writing Page

6 Versions of Writing Pages for Use in Your Daily Lessons

10 August-Related Writing Prompts with Graphic Organizers and Writing Pages:
My Friendship
My Dog (Illustrate Your Dog and Make a Puzzle Extension)
My Cat
My Experience with a Lizard
My Happiness (Illustrate Your Happiness Narrative Extension Activity)
My Fun Vacation
My Summer Fun
My Relaxation
My Dream (Illustrate Your Dream Extension)
A Picnic (with Extension Activity to List Foods at the Picnic)

"Introducing My Selfie" Full-Page Images for Your Bulletin Board Banner (Each Letter is One Page)

7 Pages of Hashtag Bulletin Board Images (Examples: #brilliant, #super, #fantastic, #loveit) -- Perfect for Your Back-to-School Bulletin Board (2 per page) PLUS an editable template for creating your own hashtags

9 September-Related Writing Prompts with Graphic Organizers and Writing Pages:

September Journal Cover Page
September Writing Survey and Expert List
September About the Author Page
September Writing Goal and Reflection on August's Goal
September Selfie Template
September Selfie Graphic Organizer and Writing Template
List of September Events and Celebrations with Dates (These correlate with the writing prompts.)
Journal Prompts:
My Labor Day
A Book I Read
My Teddy Bear
My Remembrance Day – With Pledge of Allegiance Partner Reading Page
My Fortune Cookie Day – With Fortune Cookie Craft
My Positive Thinking Day – With Positive Thoughts Brainstorming Page
My Constitution Day – With Preamble to the Constitution Partner Reading Page
My First Day of Fall
My Johnny Appleseed Day – with Informational Text About Apples with a Mention of Johnny Appleseed

Editable Template for Teddy Bear Day (for parent notification)

September Version of What Do Good Writers Do?

Great Writer! (Narrative) BRAG TAGS – Full Cover and Ink Friendly Versions

7 Pages of Teacher Notes, Instructions and Tips
3 Pages - Title, TOU, Graphics Credits

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Back to School Narrative Journals, Prompts, Checklist, Rub
Back to School Narrative Journals, Prompts, Checklist, Rub
Back to School Narrative Journals, Prompts, Checklist, Rub
Back to School Narrative Journals, Prompts, Checklist, Rub