What we know from research is that personal narrative is the easiest form of writing for our students. Kids have grown up with narrative, so the idea of story is easy for them to grasp. We also write best about what we know from our own lives. So I start the year every year with personal narrative, a story about our own lives.
After we set up our writer’s notebooks, I did a series of reading-writing connections: read alouds using books that spark a writing prompt that will appeal to almost every student. Each day we read a different book and did some writing. These are the 5 books I used, but there are others that have the same themes.
1. David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
2. Some Birthday by Patricia Polacco
3. Bubba and Trixie by Lisa Campbell Ernst
4. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
5. More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby
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