This December writing unit addresses the age old question, "What am I going to do today for my writing mini-lesson?" Each mini-lesson helps to build competent, equipped, and motivated young writers!
If you have been to my writing workshop presentation, this unit follows the monthly mini-lessons for December and fits into a year's worth of writing mini-lessons. This unit does not
have a heavy emphasis on Christmas or holidays. There is one lesson with reindeer food, but Santa is not mentioned. There is one lesson on decorating a tree. The other lessons are not holiday related.
The unit has an emphasis on Word Choice and How To writing.In this unit:
General information on writer's workshop and the mini-lesson
9 easy to follow writing mini-lessons (some lessons will need to be repeated on multiple days due to the complexity or the multiple options of the lessons)
A variety of writing paper templates.
Lessons in the December Unit:
Word Choice Introduction
What Makes a Complete Sentence?
Animal Card Word Choice
How to Wrap a Gift writing
How to decorate a tree
My Gingerbread Story
How to Make Reindeer Food
Story Starters- Paragraph Writing
Story Closers- Paragraph Writing
This unit is standards based and has been aligned to the CC and Texas Teks for writing.
Standards Addressed in the December Unit
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of "how-to" books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.8With guidance and support, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
New Writing TEKS
Students use elements of the writing process to compose text.
Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas.
Students write expository and procedural texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.
Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions
Other Monthly Mini-Lessons in this series
Monthly Writing Mini-Lessons August and September
Monthly Writing Mini-Lessons October
Monthly Writing Mini-Lessons November
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