This first grade writing unit contains a complete year of standards based lessons. It includes a basic outline for twelve months of directed teaching. There are 48 lessons with a page of directions for each. Narrative, informative, and opinion writing templates, as well as poem and letter writing forms are also included. The lesson topics reflect a connection to the seasons or special events of the calendar year. Should you want to connect the writing to special reading or science topics, you can use one of the blank templates provided and develop your own lessons. Within this curriculum there is also a four week “animal report” unit, with special templates and directions. Finally there are suggestions for using whole group, “author’s chair” and pair-and-share review strategies. Your students will gradually develop and improve their writing skills as they gain more confidence each week in their writing abilities. Don’t miss out on a comprehensive unit that can make teaching to the standards easier, more organized and effective!