Friday, January 30, 2015

Opinion & Narrative Writing Resources

Writing in Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Many teachers struggle with teaching writing.  Some districts have strict writing curriculum in place, while others have no curriculum and those teachers are left to fend for themselves.  Regardless of which category you fall into, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD from here on out)  can work in your classroom.  SRSD is not a writing curriculum, but a framework designed to mesh with your current writing instruction.  If you're not familiar with this writing framework you can read a past post of mine HERE, visit the Think SRSD website, or checkout Project Write by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

The Common Core Standards for writing focus on these three mode- informative, opinion, and narrative.  If you invest the time to model and implement this strategy in your classroom, you will have students meeting the standards for these writing modes.

My past post was on informative writing, so today's will focus on narrative and opinion.  The mnemonic POW applies to all three modes: P-pull apart the prompt, O-organize my notes. W-write and say more.  POW can easily be applied to math tasks, by the way...
The librarian in me wanted a list of books I could use as mentor texts when either introducing or teaching one of the three modes of writing, so I threw together a list of picture books appropriate for read-alouds.  You can download the list by clicking the image below.

The mnemonic for informative writing was TIDE: Topic introduction, Important Detail, & Ending.

Within the SRSD framework, opinion's mnemonic is POW TREE: Topic sentence, Reasons, Ending, & Examine.  One of our Core Coaches created this cute graphic organizer that you can download by clicking the image.
Another popular mnemonic is OREO.  I don't know where this idea originated, but it stands for Opinion, Reason, Example, & Opinion (restated).
I found a nice, Common Core based PowerPoint that goes through the steps of opinion writing, using OREO, that was posted online by Birmingham City Schools.  I like it because there are multiple writing samples from students.  You can see that by clicking the image below.

Zaner Bloser also has some great resources for writing that you can download for free.  The opinion writing unit is great! You can access it HERE.

Getting back to the SRSD framework, the narrative mnemonic for 1st graders is POW+W-W-W What How.  The first three W's stand for Who, When, & Where.  Another mnemonic, created by a fellow Core Coach, is STORY.  The graphic below explains STORY.
If you are unfamiliar with SWAG (under Y), here is your explanation-
You can download the complete free resource HERE.

If it's graphic organizers, rubrics, or lined writing paper you need, download this resource!

If your students need a reminder when it comes to making sure they have all the elements of a narrative, this visual might help-
It is free to download from my TpT store!

I hope you found some resources that will help you in your classroom!  I will add to this post as I find more things to share with you.  I hope you will share great resources with me in the comments below.  Be sure to follow my TpT store to receive updates when new products are added and follow my blog by email so you never miss a thing!



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