This unit came out of a need in my classroom to encourage children with learning disabilities to write their own simple sentences, and encourage independence. Many of the children had speech and language disabilities that were identified at preschool age, and as they became first graders, literacy was a huge struggle. At the end of the school year, they were identifying more letters, and beginning to show signs of becoming readers. They were dictating stories in writers workshop, and copying words. This seemed to be the next step to empowering them as writers. I created the word banks with specific students in mind, and as you can see, my resource students became much more comfortable with the writing process!
This activity has a simple pattern, with the third line blank, so the child is expected to write the entire sentence independently. With a slight pattern change in the last line, students are well on their way to writing stories.