First Grade Writing Curriculum | Narrative | Informational | Opinion

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    This is a 1st Grade Full Year Digital Writing Curriculum and is step by step for first grade or Level 1 writers. It includes Narrative Writing, Opinion Writing and Informational Writing Units. Each unit included has differentiated lesson plans that even a substitute could follow. This will save you hours of planning time and I have the entire school year planned out for you. This writing unit follows the Writer's Workshop format, however you do not need to do Writer's Workshop to follow it.


    They include differentiated activities, graphic organizers, templates, various rubrics, and more.


    Buying the bundle saves you at least 20% off the full price!

    This Writing Curriculum Includes


    • Narrative Unit comes in Digital Format and Printable
    • 12 Narrative Teaching Videos
    • 60 Page Narrative Digital Interactive Notebook that follows the Videos
    • Step by Step Narrative lesson plans for 14 + days, plus extension activities to extend for 8 or more weeks
    • Differentiated Narrative story maps for newer and more advanced writers
    • Differentiated Narrative graphic organizers
    • Full color picture story starter cards
    • Story Starter cards with only words
    • Several Adjective mini lessons
    • Rubrics
    • Writing Prompts
    • ESL Story Maps, Editing Material, and Posters

    Opinion Unit

    • 8 Weeks of Detailed Step by Step Opinion Writing Lesson Plans - Even a Substitute could follow these plans
    • Fact and Opinion Interactive Activities
    • How to go from simple to more detailed opinion writing
    • Book and Character Opinion Writing with Comparisons
    • Opinion Writing Templates
    • Differentiated Opinion Graphic Organizers
    • Opinion Writing Prompts
    • Differentiation on opinion lessons and story maps


    • Step by Step Informational Writing lesson plans
    • Digital and Printable Informational Unit
    • 4 Different Leveled Inference Forms for differentiation for Informational Writing
    • Informational Reading Articles
    • Informational Story Maps
    • Editing Sheets
    • And More!

    Narrative Unit

    There are 2 Narrative Units included in this bundle. One is a traditional in class curriculum. The other is designed for hybrid learning and or distance learning. It includes 12 teaching videos where I do all the teaching for you. The videos go along with a 60 page digital interactive notebook that is easy for students to do. It is everything you need for digital learning.

    This is a step by step narrative writing unit that has everything in it for you to teach narrative writing for up to 8 weeks or more. It can be used with Personal Narrative or Fictional Narrative. It has step by step lesson plans (even a substitute could teach it) and differentiated graphic organizers that are helpful for new and experienced writers. There are lots of opportunities for students to practice and build on their skills. This is perfect for your 1st grade classroom.

    It will help new writers gather ideas on how to write narratives and will take them through the entire process. There are full color story starter cards, story starter prompts, and several other foundations for the Narrative Writing Process. This process aligns with Common Core Standards, Writer's Workshop concept and 6 traits writing.

    Opinion Unit

    This is a STEP BY STEP process that has worked in numerous classrooms across the globe and is very effective. It is all common core aligned. Your students will learn to expand their reasons in their Opinion Writing.

    This unit will help students start at the beginning of the writing process and will take them to the next level. Various differentiated graphic organizers and story maps are included. They will end the unit with an experience in expanding their reasons with adding important details. You will be able to take your student from writing just a few sentences to writing 8 or more. This will transform into an Opinion Writing Piece that will prepare the student for a writing benchmark.

    Informational Writing

    This concept of “Inferences” can be slow to start, but when the students get it, a huge light bulb goes off and a big smile spreads across their face. This is the perfect step into Informational Writing. It teaches the skills of taking what they know and combining it with new information to make a new thought. It is a rewarding concept to teach and can be taught in all grades. This Unit is available for DIGITAL AND PRINTABLE.

    Making Inferences is a skill that must be taught and is used a lot all through schooling.

    When the students learn how to do it at a young age, it will make their research projects easier for the future.

    In these lessons students take the information they already know on a topic, read an article or informative story about the topic (not included) and combine the two like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they get a new sentences. Their sentences can be combined to make a new informative paragraph all written by them! These lessons really help the get started on informative writing.

    This is not a one time activity, but one that will be used all year.

    PLEASE NOTE: A few of the units have repeated information that applies to all the units. The price does not include the repeated information.

    Trusted review from teachers like you:

    "My remote learning firsties are writing sentences and stories! They KNOW adjectives and adverbs. The UNDERSTAND character, setting, problems, solutions and added details! I LOVE this unit. I've stretched it out and we are having SO MUCH FUN with the repetitive story map and ability to add adjectives and write stories. HONESTLY - it's an excellent writer's workshop format. I will purchase other products from her. I didn't use the video lessons like I thought - but used all the material. I WILL use her video lessons a bit more when in person. Well done." - (1st grade Resource Teacher)

    “My advanced 1st graders have succeeded with the advanced template and their writing looks like a 2nd grader! They can’t believe how much they wrote.” Buyer

    "My writing curriculum had from the school was lacking so much. This is helping me teach writing to my students and I know by the end of the year they will be have made so much progress." (1st Grade Teacher)

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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
    Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
    With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
    With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
    Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.


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