First Grade Writing Unit

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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This resource has been invaluable while teaching first grade writing. The mini-lessons, writing paper, and guidance have been part of my instruction for 5+ years!
I really like the monthly calendar of writing ideas, the coloured posters, anchor chart ideas, and how simply each lesson of writing was broken down.


This first grade Common Core aligned writing unit contains 49 mini-lessons to help your students become successful writers! This unit starts your students off writing and learning very simple concepts. The unit slowly builds them up to writing much harder pieces such as Opinion, Informative, and Narrative writing. I use this unit over the course of the entire school year. Some mini-lessons may take only a day to teach and practice while others may take weeks. This unit allows you to work at the pace of your students! Many of the mini-lessons also include read aloud book suggestions that go with the concept being taught. Also, many of the mini-lessons contain PRINTABLE activities, posters, anchor charts, worksheet practice pages, writing prompt pages, writing outlines and much, MUCH MORE!

The Mini-Lessons Include:
Teacher Overview
Student Sharing Ideas
Journal Intro
Writer’s Workshop Procedures
The Hand I Write With
Upper and Lowercase Letters
Writing Full Name
Capitalizing Names
Difference Between Letters and Words
Use Words in the Room to Help You Write
Spelling Words (Blending/Sounding Out)
Writing the Full Date
Pictures Tell Us Stories
What Illustrators Do
What Authors Do
Why Do We Write?
What is a Sentence?
Finger Spacing
Capitalizing the Beginning of the Sentence
Capitalize the Letter I
Punctuation Marks Overview
Punctuation Marks – Question Marks
Punctuation Marks – Periods
Punctuation Marks – Exclamation Marks
Writing Two Sentences About the Same Topic
Writing Three Sentences About the Same Topic
Capitalizing Proper Nouns
Writing Lists
Writing Four Sentences About the Same Topic
Choosing a Title for Your Story
Writing to Express Your Opinion
Writing to Give Information About a Topic
Writing to Give Steps on How to Complete a Task
Writing Personal Narrative Stories
Writing Fictional Narratives
Introduction to Letter Writing
Parts of a Letter
Writing a Friendly Letter to a Pen Pal
Writing Back to a Pen Pal
Introduction to Writing to a Loved One
Introduction to Persuasive Letter Writing
Writing Thank You Letters
Introduction to Writing Postcards

I have also included an example pacing guide.

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Total Pages
249 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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