Introducing Narrative Writing- The Ultimate Writing Workshop

We are well into our Narrative Writing Unit and Writing Workshop has definitely become my favorite time of the day!  I really feel like I have been organized with Writing Workshop this year more than I have ever been!  Anyway,  I wrote a post about setting up Writing Workshop by introducing rules and routines (these are the first 4 lessons in my Ultimate Writing Workshop Narrative Writing Product).  You can check out that blog post {HERE}.

I have just finished Lessons 5-10.  The topics of these lessons include:

What is a Personal Narrative? 
We brainstorm ideas and listen to a story that is a Personal Narrative.

I Don’t Know What to Write! 
We use our Ideas to Write About Chart in our Writing Folders as a tool to help them come up with topics to write about.

Planning- Pictures First!
We start to plan our 3 page stories while talking about sketching the pictures first.  The reason for this is so that the students will remember what they are writing about the next day.

Help!  I Don’t Know How to Spell It!
In this lesson we start to talk about how we spell those longer words.  We stretch those words like bubble gum and we practice this in our Interactive Writing Lesson.

Using the Word Wall to Spell Words
We also discuss how we can use our Word Wall and our Writing Words books to find sight words that we need to learn how to write.

Using Words We Know to Spell New Words
Lastly, we discuss how we can spell words using words we already know like –and to write the word s-and.

We have been writing stories together using Interactive Writing on the Smart Board.  This allows me to model all of the skills that I want them to become independent at in their own writing.  I conference with 4-5 students every day.  I love the conference time because this allows me to meet with each student and work on their specific skills at their level. 

For example, I have some students writing stories like this:

And I have some students writing stories like this:

When I conference with my students, I really try not to focus on the mechanics of their writing too much.  I ALWAYS first have them read their story to me.  I focus on the IDEAS in their stories and we talk about the great things they have already done and then we talk about how they can add to their story and make it more interesting. 

When we conference, I help the child set a goal.  The goal is directly related to the lessons that we have covered so far.  For example, I have several students working on adding more to their words and pictures.  I have some students working on stretching out words when they are spelling longer words.

We sent home our first stories the other day.  Every couple of weeks, I have the students give me their best story (or two).  I keep them in my conferencing binder so I can use them for assessments etc.  They take the rest home.  I always send home this EDITABLE letter with their first writing samples.  I really want to make sure parents aren’t trying to “fix” all of their writing when it comes home.

Next week we will be moving into how to write Small Moment stories and focusing in on those Small Moments. 

The plans that I made for this unit are so EASY too follow!  It’s one page and includes the Materials needed for the lesson, Connection, Mini-Lesson, Student Engagement, and ideas for Sharing.  There are 25 Lessons altogether!

All of the lessons also have a Notebook File that can be used on Smart Boards.  You DO NOT have to use this option to use this product, it’s just an added bonus!

More to come later after we do our next 5 lessons!

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