Writing Mini-Lessons for Beginning of the Year

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Writers workshop - the subject that drives fear into the hearts of teachers and is so often ignored/forgotten because “We do a lot of writing in reading.” Nothing can replace explicit writing instruction, mentor texts, time spent writing, and students sharing their writing.

My goals for the first 2-3 weeks of our writing together include…

*give students hands-on experiences to write about

*show that everyone is a writer

*provide scaffolds that allow everyone to be successful

*eliminate writing fear

*foster an environment where students feel safe to share their writing

*build basic writing skills that will carry-over to writer’s workshop

The resources and mini-lessons in this download are intended to be pre-Writer’s Workshop in 1st grade, building a strong writing foundation for all of your students. Included in this resource...

All the materials and information you need to implement the mini-lessons (rubrics, sentence stems, student work samples, teacher prompts, etc.)

Day 1 - How to Write in a Journal

Day 2 - How to Share Our Writing

Days 3 & 4 - Making Writing Real

Day 5 - How Do You Spell?

Day 6 - How To Insert Missing Words

Days 7, 8, & 9 - Using Sentence Stems

Days 10 & 11 - Rating My Writing

Day 12 - How to Pick a Writing Spot

Day 13 & 14 - How to Get Ideas for Writing

*Writing Paper Templates

Happy Writing!


If you have any questions, please email (brownbagteacher@gmail.com) or contact me before purchasing.


The Brown-Bag Teacher

***For other teaching and learning resources, check out my Editable Classroom Newsletters and Math Enrichment Puzzles.

Total Pages
27 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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