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First Grade Writing

Our writing curriculum for the year is focused on helping students to develop both the mechanical and analytical skills to get their ideas on paper. We organize these general skills into six traits:

  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Conventions
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Word Choice
  • Voice
We will focus on these traits in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Below is a list and short description of some of the units of study we will explore.

Small Moments: We begin the school year writing and telling stories about our own life as a way to get to know each other and anchor our writing in the topics we know best, our own experiences.

Non-Fiction: Writers become experts and teach others true facts. In this unit students will understand how non-fiction texts are written and use these skills to write their own expert books.

Persuasive Writing: Making an argument and backing it up with logical thinking and evidence is a crucial skill and one many children are great at (I’ll be good at taking care of a pet because…). In this unit students will learn how to organize their thinking and use examples and anecdotes to make a powerful argument (watch out, you might just be convinced)!

Writing About Reading: An important skill, students will keep journals and begin to write what they are thinking about the books they are reading.