Back to School Writing Lesson Plans and Activities

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2nd - 4th
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Looking for ways to get your students engaged in writing on day 1? These FULL writing lesson plans for back to school do just that! This set includes 5 low-prep lesson plans that have a writing component and a full class lesson plan component to go with back to school mentor texts! Quick and easy setup plus clear student directions make these activities perfect for back to school season!

These full lesson plans lead your students to enjoy writing on the first days of school. You start by reading a mentor text that lead students through Social Emotional Learning topics. Then, you do a whole class, low-prep, activity. Finally, you finish up with a highly engaging writing activity!

Here's what you'll get:

  • 5 Full Lesson Plans for Back to School
  • Discussion questions to go with 5 back to school mentor texts
  • A whole group community building activity with each lesson
  • A writing activity with each lesson
  • All the Printables you need
  • Digital Option on Google Slides

Why will these activities help your students grow and make you happy?

Engagement- Your students will enjoy building a classroom community while showing you their writing abilities. They'll learn more about each other and you, grow closer together, and complete writing assignments that will teach you about them!

Many Choices- All of these activities use mentor texts that you can find easily online or in your library, Plus, the mentor texts and activities help to build a strong classroom culture and community.

Low-Prep- Just print the student pages, grab the mentor texts, and you're ready for an engaging back to school lessons! !

The Topics Included..

  1. First day of school
  2. Qualities of a good friend
  3. What makes you unique
  4. The importance of reading (feelings on reading)
  5. Your name

The Mentor Texts Needed..

  1. The Exceptionally, Extraordinary Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz
  2. Peanut Butter & A Cupcake by Terry Border
  3. Spaghetti & a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
  4. Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Fincher
  5. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Christy H. says, "This was a great resource for me this year. It was all put together and I just had to decide what days to which one. The students were engaged and I got a sample of their writing."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kathryn says, "Great resource! The stories are engaging and my students enjoyed them. The writing activities were fun and my students enjoyed sharing their writing with their classmates. So all in all, this resource is one I hope to use year after year. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Shannon says, "Really great resource with fun and engaging activities that meet grade level standards. Thanks for creating these fun activities to get the kids back into writing the first week back!"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
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.
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.


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