First Grade Writing Mini-Lessons for the ENTIRE Year

Jodi Southard
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Teaching writing in small mini-lessons makes writing instruction more attainable and gives students more time to spend during their writing block, actually writing. These mini-lessons for the ENTIRE YEAR take the guesswork out of what to teach each day in writing. Simply project this onto your screen and click on the day's lesson. Each lesson walks you through the mini-lesson, and then gives the students a writing activity to complete. Each month also includes a printable writing journal with each of the lessons.

What does this product include?

Each month includes 20 projectable writing mini-lessons as well as a printable writing journal to go along with the mini-lessons for that month. Students will be exposed to writing narratives, persuasive writing, informative writing, poetry, writing conventions, and much, much more.

⭐This product contains 180 mini-lessons.

⭐A printable writing journal.

⭐Teacher's Guide for the daily lessons.

⭐This bundle also includes an exclusive set of half-sheet parent letters that tell what the writing skills are for each month. These can be stapled to the student writing journal before you send them home each month.

Who is this product geared towards?

This particular packet is geared towards 1st grade, but could possibly be used in a kindergarten or 2nd grade classroom.

How do I use this product in my classroom?

Open up the zipped file. You will find four separate files. The first one includes the digital mini-lessons. The second file includes the printable journals. Print off the journals along with the cover page for the month. Then, each day of the month, click on a new mini-lesson. Each mini-lesson will have a writing task for the students to complete in their journals. The third file includes the Teacher's Guide to help you guide your daily lessons.

What are teachers saying about these Writing Mini-lessons?

"I am so excited to have a clear guide of quick mini lessons to begin writing with my students. They are going to love writing time now." -Nicole

"I am loving using these lessons with my first graders. So far the lessons have touched on so much that my firsties need to know to become better writers. These lessons have really stepped up my writing curriculum. Thank you!" -Melissa

"I love this product! It is helping me stay organized with my writing instruction. It is also great for the times I have a substitute. My students are loving it, too! I like how quick the instruction time goes, and leaves me time to let my students write! Thank you!" -Alisha

Check out each individual Monthly Writing Mini-lesson packet⭐

Writing Mini-Lessons for September

Writing Mini-Lessons for October

Writing Mini-Lessons for November

Writing Mini-Lessons for December

Writing Mini-Lessons for January

Writing Mini-Lessons for February

Writing Mini-Lessons for March

Writing Mini-Lessons for April

Writing Mini-Lessons for May

Who created this resource?
Jodi Southard is a first grade teacher with 17 years of classroom experience. She has a Bachelors and a Masters of Education. She strives to create ways to make learning fun and meaningful for her students. Jodi blogs at Fun in First where she shares her ideas with educator around the world.

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Total Pages
793 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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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.
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.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.


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