Speaking and Listening Oral Language Unit Kindergarten Writing Curriculum

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A strong oral language foundation is essential for success in writing. Before students begin putting their stories on paper, they need to understand what a story is, how to speak so that others understand them, and how to listen to story being told. This unit will focus on how to be a speaker, how to be a listener, and how to tell a detailed story - before students every put pencil to paper! This unit is the perfect way to begin writer's workshop at the beginning of kindergarten.

This unit also includes optional pre-writing activities you can use any time during the first few weeks of school.

Find the year-long bundle here: Kindergarten Writer's Workshop for the Year


1. Writers Tell Stories About Their Lives

2. Being a Speaker

3. Being a Listener

4. Stories Have a Character and Setting

5. Stories Have a Beginning and End

6. Stories Have Events

7. Writers Tell About Their Feelings

8. Listening and Responding

9. Asking Questions

10. Writers Picture Their Stories Then Share Them

What's Included:

-Lessons Plans for 10 Days

-Anchor Chart Pieces

-Story Icons

-Optional Writing Paper

-Turn and Talk Procedures

-Conferring Notes


-Prewriting Lesson Plans

-Prewriting Worksheets

Mentor Texts (not included):

•“Ralph Tells a Story” by Abby Hanlon

•“One Day. The End.” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Will students be writing in this unit?

That is optional for this unit. This unit focuses on speaking and listening, but I understand that you may still want to give your students some practice on paper. Each lesson has the option to have students draw the story they tell daily, but you will not explicitly teach how to tell a story through pictures yet. I know it’s tempting to begin teaching how to draw detailed pictures or add words, but I caution you not to “over-teach” during this unit.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.


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