This lesson builds creative writing skills by modeling how to brainstorm, write, revise, edit, and share a story. In 24 pages, the child will
• choose, draw, and write a character and setting,
• discuss, plan, and write each sentence,
• revise the story by adding an adjective,
• edit sentences by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the story to others, and
• listen and ask questions.
author, story, character, setting, first sentence, next sentence, last sentence, describing word, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask questions
This story writing pack is the eighth lesson of Book 23
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
For the story companion to this writing lesson, please see "Explain Motivation: Lesson 8, Book 21 (Newitt Literature Series)"
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for more lessons on writing fiction.
This lesson is available also in Spanish! For the Spanish version, please click here!
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
W.1.3: 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.
W.2.5: With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
W.3.8: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
SL.1.1a: Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
SL.2.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
SL.2.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
L.1.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.1.1f: Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
L.1.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.1.2d: Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
Also: RL.2.6, RL.4.10, RF.1.1c, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.2.4
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
5.D: Use a picture dictionary to find words.
13.A: Plan a draft by generating ideas for writing through class discussion.
13.B: Develop drafts by sequencing the action or details in the story.
13.C: Revise drafts by adding details or sentences.
13.D: Edit drafts by leaving spaces between letters and words.
13.E: Share writing with others.
14.A: Dictate or write sentences to tell a story and put the sentences in chronological sequence.
17.B: Speak in complete sentences to communicate.
17.C: Use complete simple sentences.
21.A: Listen attentively by facing speakers and asking question to clarify information.
Also: 22, 23
“The color coding highlights skills being addressed and makes the materials on each page easy to find. The program is very simple for teachers to follow and use.”
Kelly Williamson, kindergarten teacher of 11 years, selected teacher of the year in 2008.