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Nobody is a better judge of a great writing lesson than a teacher. Here you’ll find the absolute teacher favorites! With six teacher favorites for grades K-1 and and 5 more for constructed response, these are the tried and true comprehensive lessons that thousands of teachers are crazy about and have used with great success! We excerpt all of these lessons from our main teacher resources. Enjoy!
The Six Best Writing Lessons Ever for Kindergarten and Grade 1
The K-1 lessons include plenty of engaging, creative learning opportunities, such as:
  • Create Your Own Book Cover: Students learn to recognize author’s purpose and genre by designing a narrative book cover and a thematically related expository book cover.
  • Beginning, Middle, End; Students explore narrative structure by identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a narrative picture book before using the same process to plan a story of their own.
  • Listen and Imagine: Students listen to descriptive segments and identify details using their five senses.
  • Modeling Elaborative Detail: Students learn to show, rather than telling, by giving specific details, and participate in the modeling process by both asking and answering detail generating questions.
  • The Foundation for Informational/Expository WritingーSorting Details by Topic: Using pictures or text, students sort and categorize details based on a given topic.
  • Exploring Opinions: Students learn to verbalize opinions about things they like or dislike, approve or disapprove of.
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The lessons on Constructed Response will empower teachers with:
    • Strategic Reading-Informed Writing: Reading and writing go hand in hand, so learning to “Read with Author’s Eyes” gives students the ability to read, analyze and annotate effectively.
    • Naming Givens and Variables: This lesson breaks down constructed response questions into the givens and variables, ensuring that students are answering the question successfully. 
    •  Turning Questions into Responses: Have your students ever sat looking at that blank sheet of paper, wondering how to start a response? Good news! Using the question itself, students are taught to turn the question into the first sentence of the response.
    • Flip the Sentence Subject: To avoid redundant sentence structure, add sentence variety, and paraphrase an author’s words, this strategy will transform student writing in all genres.
    • Paraphrasing: How do I take the information from the source text and formulate the response? This lesson teaches students to use text evidence.

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