Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
All About Writing

Writing in First Grade First graders will transform into authors and illustrators this year! The first part of the year will be focused lessons on the basics of writing, concentrations on handwriting (proper letter formation) and sentence structure. These lessons will be richly modeled and demonstrated in class and reinforced through in class writing prompts and home writing journals. The second part of the year is when we start Writing Workshop! This is a very exciting time in first grade, where students will be able to express themselves through their writing. I use many writing concepts and ideas from a variety of writing researchers. My writing workshop is mostly modeled and influenced by Lucy Calkins Units of Study. The student's will learn how to write in many different ways such as list making, how-to writing, small moments, many moments, and non-fiction writing. Writing workshop starts with a mini lesson to model expectations and then writing time. Students will have writing conferences with me and edit until they have a "polished diamond." Finished books are then published and the students illustrate their masterpieces. Students learn to live like an author! At the end of the year we have a Young Authors Celebration, where first grade families are invited in and students share their stories with family and friends. This is a celebration of writing and one that is most memorable. My goal is that students start making real life connections with the world around them and write about it! I want them to express themselves and share their stories with their classmates! -Making reading and writing connections across the curriculum facilitates meaning -Literacy is developed within the personal, social and intellectual context of the individual learner. -A successful learner is motivated and is encouraged to take risks -Children learn best when they have real purpose and make real connections to life -Effective learning is a combination of student exploration and teacher modeling

Lucy Calkin's Units of Study for Primary Writing http://www.unitsofstudy.com/toc_lc_all.asp

Richard Gentry's Developmental Stages of Writing http://gkestner.com/WritingStages.htm

Six and 1 Trait Writing http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/staff/LindaJancola/6Trait/6-trait.html

OWL (Online Writing Lab) 6 Traits of Writing http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/sixtraits/sixtraits.html

Tips For Writing “Help Your Child Become a Better Writer” Remember to save your child’s creative stories in a special place and share with them on special occasions. It is a wonderful remembrance of those 1st grade years. Our Motto “What you write, you can read, What you read you can write”



Writing Common Core

English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 1

Standards in this strand:

Text Types and Purposes

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 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.

Production and Distribution of Writing

  • (W.1.4 begins in grade 3)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.7 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.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • (W.1.9 begins in grade 4)

Range of Writing

  • (W.1.10 begins in grade 3

Language Common Core


Standards in this strand:

Conventions of Standard English

Knowledge of Language

  • (L.1.3 begins in grade 2)

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5a Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5b Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5c Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).

Speaking and Listening Common Core


Standards in this strand:

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and textswith peers and adults in small and larger groups.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1a Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1b Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1c Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.6 Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)


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