Friday, October 21, 2011

The Common core and YOU: Part deux!




Last week I posted some Common Core English Language Arts ideas. I've come back for more! :)

When I get to unit 3, in a few short weeks {according to my district's pacing guide} I should start to teach my kiddos narrative writing. I wanted to see how ready they were so I started it a little bit. I've started to make some things to help them understand the sequence. I also use the who, what, when, where cards I posted about before {here}.

We started talking about narrative stories because we were reading them everyday! After we read a book, I would ask what happened in the beginning, middle, and end. When they mastered that, we moved on to first, next, then, last. Then, I told them we are going to write our own narrative! AH!


  



Or perhaps you need these:

   



Oh narrative writing. Why do you hate me? By the end of the year, they should be able to:Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some  details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

*NOTE: I DID A LOT OF MODELING AND SHARED WRITING BEFORE I LET THEM GO OFF AND TRY THEMSELVES!!!! It's all about modeling!
For this activity. I just read a book about a haunted house {you can do any topic} and I had my kids pretend they knocked on the door of a haunted house {sorry, I forgot to take pictures}. They drew a picture of what would happen:


Then, they took what they drew and wrote one or two sentences {rough draft} to go along with the picture:

Finally, they wrote a final draft after I had a mini-conference with them about their rough draft.


They will finish up the "writing process" by publishing their work in the classroom! :)
My kiddos did ok on this, but we were all exhausted by the end!
I get exhausted by narrative writing! 



What do you do that WORKS for teaching narrative writing? Do you do writers workshop???




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27 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love this!!!! THANKS!!! I will use it next week!!!

Amy said...

I am in the same boat you are! The kiddos aren't quite ready for narratives, but I am required to teach it now according to our district implementation of Commmon Core. I just posted how I taught them here: http://krazyaboutkiddos.blogspot.com/2011/10/personal-narratives.html and here: http://krazyaboutkiddos.blogspot.com/2011/10/revising-with-first-graders.html. We really did one small step at a time. Meaning I modeled SEVERAL beginning sentences, then the kiddos spent 30min. writing and fixing theirs. We did this process for each sentence. And read lots of narratives!

The Wallace Family said...

I am a long time reader but just posting I think for the first time. I teach first grade in Kentucky. We have adopted the Common core already and we are, at least I've been told,
the only state that will test on Common Core this year! Yikes! Anyways writing is something I always struggle
with in my class and I'm working really hard on it this year. We are in the process of writing brochures. Are we crazy YES!!! You are right though modeling is
Key. I love your graphic organizers and plan to implement them in my classroom! So thank you and thank you for all the great ideas you always share:)

Kristin said...

I have no idea what I'm doing half the time but our required writing program is Step Up to Writing. It's all about sequencing and using transition words (first, next, last, etc) and conclusion words (to sum it up, clearly, all in all, etc). It IS exhausting but since our whole school uses it, it's very effective. My kinders come in knowing the foundation and, technically, they are supposed to leave our school as 6th graders writing 5 paragraph essays. I have no idea if this works but I do like the program. No writer's workshop for me. :( Let me know if you want any more info. :) :) :) :) I always love your stuff, by the way!!!!! THANK YOU!!

Lisa G. said...

I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your posts about the common core standards have been SO helpful :)

Abbey said...

I've found that it's easier to have my students write a narrative about things that have happened to them. First, we create a hot topics list that students can refer to for ideas. When I model for them...I model thinking about my weekend and trying to think of something I did that would be a good story. Then model thinking through the event before you start writing. It seems to be more concrete for them than having to make up their own story. Hope this helps! :)

sydney said...

In the spirit of leaving comments, I read this and said out loud, "she's so cute!"

Thanks for always sharing :)

primary practice said...

Thanks, Rachelle. I download so many great resources from all of the awesome teaching blogs out there. I always find myself using your files all.the.time. :) Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to use these writing templates. We've just finished our personal narratives sothese will be great for maintaining the skill!
primary practice

Crystal said...

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!! Oh!! Did I say Thank You!!!lol My district will implement common core for first grade next year. Your posts on CC standards are so helpful. I can use this info now because I am teaching about writing narratives now. I will definitely be using your files.

Mrs. Newman said...

Rachelle,

I love everything you are sharing! idk if I show up as a "follower" but I've had your wonderful blog in my google reader forever.

I LOVE your FNTL and Beg, Mid, End icons, but I can't seem to get them to open in google docs. Would you mind emailing them to me?

mrsnewmansfirst@gmail.com

I will love you forever! haha

Thank you for always sharing your great ideas!

Teacher Tam said...

This is great. Thanks for sharing.

Sheree Peterson said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Our district is moving to the common core next year so thanks for all the heads up.
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Jena Snowden said...

Thanks for sharing this! I use your writing prompts you shared a while back all the time.

Oh! You have been doing an awesome job commenting!:) You are fabulous!!!

Jena
1st Grade with Miss Snowden

Janine said...

This came just in time! I am training my team on Friday at our mandatory PD Day! It said there was a problem with the download, try again later, so I hope it is up soon, I love these!

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Gladys said...

Hi Rachelle...Texas didn't adopt the Common Core Standards...but my kiddos are also required to write narratives...these will be so helpful in teaching them how to write...would you happen to have them in Spanish? Lol! ;)

Teacher Syl said...

Hi Rachelle, I too am having a tough time opening google docs. Can you email the first part; first, next, then and last to me? My email address is: Sraigosa505@aol.com
Thank you so much!
Sylvia

Rachelle said...

I reposted it! I think it helps if you push refresh if it isn't working! :) It should all be fixed!

Maria said...

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Maria
Charmedinthirdgrade.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Thank you so much for sharing!! I love your blog!!!

Sallie Neal said...

Rachelle I have a question. What do you use to convert your files to PDF? I was using PrimoPDF but it is making my images look terrible. Any recommendations?

From The Heart Up said...

Thank you so much for these lovely resources. I have used them in narrative therapy this week and loved them so much I have linked them to my speech therapy blog today. love your blog!

Kim said...

Rachelle - I have kept this post open for almost a week so I could reply - I'm finally getting around to it! I LOVE using the pictures first. We started doing something similar last year and it has made a WORLD of difference. We have a paper with six boxes. They start by writing a story about something they did last year. I always start by telling them about a field trip I went on when I was in first grade. They can always relate to that! Then I show them how to map it out on my paper, just by moving my hand while I tell the story. Then I draw a quick sketch in each box to remind me what I'm going to write. Last, I write a sentence for each box on writing paper. Pretty much all of my kids can do it! It's great!! Thanks for sharing your docs!!

Chrissy said...

Thanks for the printables. I love the color on the sequence charts!
 Chrissy

First Grade Found Me

Pom Pom said...

I just ordered a common core book (another one!) I'm a sixth grade teacher (language arts) and there is so much to learn.
I like your blog!

Pattie said...

I really like your blog. You have put a lot of effort into helping other teachers. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda Ellis said...

Thank you so much for sharing. We just started with Common Core where I am but it is just for math this year. I like knowing what is coming so that I can be ahead of the game and not fighting to catch up.

Anna Metrisin said...

Thanks everyone! I am a new teacher...overwhelmed with a lot of things seeing that I was hired to teach first grade a WEEK before school starts. Let alone am I trying to figure out what I am doing on a daily basis, I am trying to teach narrative writing. This post will help!

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