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Old 06-13-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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This last year I really struggled with teaching writing to my first graders. I was using the CKLA curriculum and I found that it just kind of threw them into it and didn't really start at the basics. For example, there wasn't really any explicit instruction in writing a complete sentence or even in what makes a complete sentence. When I noticed how much they were struggling I tried to go back and teach them, but they were already freaked out and many of them immediately began to hate writing. By the end of the year, they were expected to write multi-paragraph narratives and many of them were crying or getting discouraged, even when we were doing the independent work whole-class.
I hated how this made them hate writing and discouraged them so much. By the end of the year everyone, including me, was so stressed out during writing. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for writing in first grade and how I can better help my students to enjoy writing and to not be so intimidated by it. I want to start a writing routine at the beginning of the year. I also really want them to be more independent in their writing and to trust their own abilities. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 06-14-2017, 03:19 AM
 
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Here are downloadable writing units:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps4pps....writing-binder
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I love teaching writing to first graders.
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I start out with short sentences, using sight words, leaving out one word for them to fill in.
Examples: I like _____________. or I can ______________. They write the sentence, filling in the blank and drawing a picture to go with it.
Then I start to add things like
I like to __________________ because____________________.

Then we talk about stretching our sentences and what kinds of things we can write about. I encourage the use of spelling words and sight words by giving them a dictionary of those words.

After that, we're ready to start story structure. We need to have a beginning, middle and end. I still have them draw a picture to go with their writing. I tell them the more detail they put in their pictures, the more detail they'll put in their writing.

When they have gotten to where they can write a beginning, middle and ending, we start learning how to write an introductory sentence and an ending/conclusion sentence.

When they have mastered these things, we start to do opinion writing, persuasive writing and informative writing. I use a lot of literature to springboard ideas. For instance, for an opinion writing, we might read "Hey, Little Ant, and they have to form an opinion about whether or not the boy should stop on the ant.

I think teaching writing is fun, and my kids enjoy doing it.
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Writing Workshop
Old 06-27-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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Last year I used the program Being a Writer which is a more straightforward writing workshop. I loved it, but it had some wholes. I am going to use it for the introduction, but then get the "meat" from the Lucy Calkins units.
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I spent weeks for a college class compiling this list for a research project, because I felt inadequate at teaching writing so kids learned to enjoy it. Here are some great articles you can pull most of them from online...some you may need access to a college database. I deleted a few from my list that wouldn't be much help.

Spend a couple hours pulling them and read over them. You will find lots of help.

References

Benjenk, K., Chang, C., & Ramos, E. (2013). Cheers! Writing celebrations in primary classrooms. Reading Teacher, 66(6), 474. doi:10.1002/TRTR.1151

DeComo, L. (2012). Jumping into writing: Launching our youngest writers. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 52(1), 67-68. Retrieved from https://www.octela.org/publications/ojela/

Dempsey, L. (2014). Motivating students for writing. Practically Primary, 19(3), 27. Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/brows...issn=1324-5961

Gardner, R. (2012). Creating images. Practically Primary, 17(2), 30-32. Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/brows...issn=1324-5961

Harper, R.G., (2014). Who wins? First grade authors do! Equinox Publishing, 6(3) 665-680 doi: 10.1558/wap.v6i3.665

Isom, C. (2014). A picture is worth a thousand words: A kindergarten illustration study. English in Texas, 44(1), 42-46. Retrieved from http://www.tctela.org/english-in-texas/

Kuby, C. R., Rucker, T. G., & Kirchhofer, J. M. (2015). “Go be a writer”: Intra-activity with materials, time and space in literacy learning. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 15(3), 394-419. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ecl


VanNess, A. R., Murnen, T. J., & Bertelsen, C. D. (2013). Let me tell you a secret: Kindergarteners can write! Reading Teacher, 66(7), 574-585. Retrieved from http://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/h...SSN)1936-2714/


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