Sunday, March 18, 2012

[Narrative Writing] NOW on Teacher's Notebook

Our PD last Monday was in.cred.i.ble.
Absolutely amazing!
I LOVED all of the ideas that were shared and have been busily working to figure out how to bring those ideas into my classroom!

Writing with first graders is tough.
Let me rephrase - GOOD writing with first graders is tough!
As my principal reminded us on Friday during faculty meeting, "Practice doesn't make perfect.  Practice makes permanent.  So be very careful what you're having your kids practice!!"  I'm so guilty of just saying, "Take out your journals and write."  That's not necessarily the bad part.  It's the fact that I never look at their journal writing.  We don't talk about it.  We don't edit it.  We don't do anything else.

You know as well as I do how frustrating the whole writing process (when done the right way!) can be with a whole class of littles.

I need to be better about the I DO, I DO, I DO, WE DO, WE DO, WE DO, YOU DO thing.
Mucho modeling.  Lots of shared writing experience.  All of that before I turn them loose to write.  Sigh.  It's not pretty.  It's not fun.  It is necessary.

In order to better facilitate just exactly the what and the how of this in my classroom, I spent the afternoon coming up with a plan.  A plan with LOTS of organization.  LOTS of steps.  This IS going to work.  Right?!

Anyone else in the same boat?  Or are you a rock star that can get awesome writing out of your kids every.single.time?  If so, can I come to your room and hang out for a while to soak in your awesomeness?  Pretty please?

If you are in the same boat.  Maybe give this a shot.  See if it works.  It's based on proven practices.  It meets the first grade core for writing narratives.  It should make the whole process easier (provided that mucho modeling and lots of shared writing happens FIRST!).

Image is linked to the whole stinkin' download.
The procedure page.
The planning/pre-writing page.
The developing the sentences pages.
The publishing page.
The title page.
The About the Author page.
It's a lot.
It took me for.e.ver.

Thanks to everyone who downloaded this freebie!  With so many downloads, I hope this is helpful to many teachers and students!  This free offer has expired.  If you would like to access this file, it's only $2 at Teacher's Notebook!

Have a great day!


  1. I SO APPRECIATE your gift this morning. Organizing it can be a challenge for our little people :) It looks awesome! Thank you,
    New Adventures in First Grade

  2. I am working on narratives right now and I will definitely incorporate these graphic organizers. They look fantastic. Thanks for all your hard work! It is really appreciated!

    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate it so much!

  4. THANKS! I can also use it for older pupils!
    Have a nice Sunday!


  5. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is great. Thank you so much for all that you share for free. I use all the games you make and share - my students and I love them!