Personal Narratives Writing Unit | Terrific Writing 3rd Grade Curriculum Unit 1

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  1. Terrific Writing is a comprehensive 3rd grade writing curriculum. These grade 3 writing units have done-for-you lesson plans and no prep activities. This bundle includes Unit 1 ‘Personal Narratives’, Unit 2 ’Opinion Writing', Unit 3 'Informational Writing', and Unit 4 'Fictional Narratives' where yo
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Looking to teach personal narrative writing to your grade 3 students? Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for Third Grade. This is Unit 1 ‘Personal Narratives’, where your students will learn how to write engaging stories about their lives.

This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based.

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What's included in this unit?

  • 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
  • 25 posters
  • 20 graphic organizers / worksheets
  • 2 interactive notebooks and 1 writing craft
  • 2 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
  • 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions - b&w, color)
  • 1 assessment rubric

The lessons follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time.

Here's everything else that's included in this unit -

  • Video overview to help organize and implement the unit
  • List of common core standards that align with this unit
  • Teacher directions for the lesson plans
  • Suggestions for differentiation and lesson times
  • List of recommended mentor texts (with links)
  • Unit scope and at-a-glance calendar
  • Lesson materials list
  • Student book/folder cover (3 versions - journal, notebook, or folder)
  • 1 writing prompt pre-assessment
  • 4 lined pages (for first drafts and crafts)
  • 2 checklists
  • 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions - b&w, color)
  • 1 certificate (2 versions - b&w, color)
  • Teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric
  • Video with tips for using the rubric

Here's a breakdown of the lessons -

Lesson 1 - What is a personal narrative?

Lesson 2 - What can I write about?

Lesson 3 - What is a small moment?

Lesson 4 - My small moment

Lesson 5 - Positive memorable moments

Lesson 6 - Negative memorable moments

Lesson 7 - What is the structure of a narrative?

Lesson 8 - Narratives need characters

Lesson 9 - Narratives need a setting

Lesson 10 - Narratives have problems

Lesson 11 - Narratives have solutions

Lesson 12 - What will my narrative be about?

Lesson 13 - Let’s plan a narrative

Lesson 14 - Start with a hook

Lesson 15 - Writing an introduction

Lesson 16 - Show, don’t tell

Lesson 17 - Stretching sentences

Lesson 18 - Using dialogue

Lesson 19 - Powerful paragraphs

Lesson 20 - Transition words

Lesson 21 - Writing an ending

Lesson 22 - Putting it all together

Lesson 23 - Revise and edit

Lesson 24 - Final draft and illustrations

Lesson 25 - Publishing party

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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