Thursday, February 14, 2013

Narrative Writing {giveaway!}

Happy Heart Day! 
Have your students been a bit CrAzY this week??  Mine have!!  I think the anticipation of Valentine's Day got the best of them!  That with the Chinese New Year activities have made for one busy week!!  I am always glad when March rolls around-- February is busy busy busy!

I snapped a quick pic of my son's Valentines:
It is supposed to have gumballs, but I gave up after two stores didn't have them... who knew gumballs were so hard to find!  The skittles will just have to do :)  You can see the cute website that I got the idea from and the FREE PRINTABLE {here}

I didn't get this next pic in my "Around the School" post because it just went up today.  I'm so sorry the pic quality is terrible!  I tried to take the picture on my phone and 1/2 the lights were out in the hallway.  Ugh.  I hope you get the idea cuz it's SUPER CUTE!!
It says "100 Reasons Why We Love Madison Kindergartners"  On each heart is something that the kinders like about school.  :)
Also, congrats goes to:
453Elizabeth Leave a Blog Post Comment                   
She will be getting a BRAND NEW SHARPENER!!  I'll be sending an email to you soon!! :)  Thanks too all of you who entered!


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So let's talk writing!
I have to be honest... writing has been a gigantic struggle for me.  We have NO writing curriculum to speak of, and I had to piece together some kind of writing "units" to keep my sanity!!  

One of the big writing genres that we cover in second grade is narrative writing.  Now that they are more fluent writers, they can experiment with concepts like:

writing about one event
adding feelings and reactions
adding their own voice

Without a specific curriculum, I tried to come up with a good sequence to teach the narrative concept.  This year I finally felt like it all flowed nicely.  So, I knew that I was ready to put this bad boy all together! Introducing...




There is so much to this pack that the above picture just doesn't even cut it!  I'll show you some better examples now :)
There are very detailed, step by step lesson plans that help lay the ground work for a good narrative.  This unit covers Common Core Standard 2.W3.


There are LOTS of posters in this pack... I find that a good visual helps with the writing process.  Something that I teach the second graders is a narrative is like taking a "snapshot" of one moment in time.  There are many references to the camera throughout this pack.


The narrative characteristics are covered in great depth so that the children know what to include in their writing.  It is important to expose the children to a variety of narrative writings for a model.  I have a book list included too.


There are activity cards to practice how feelings and reactions go together.  Then there is a practice sheet to have the students write their own!





Checklists for the students and a rubric for the teacher is also included!


Finally, there is a ton of writing paper with and without prompts for you to choose from.  I also have a lot of prompts for you too. 

Phew! :)  
This is in my store {see it here} BUT I will be giving away TWO packs today!  You have 4 chances to win by leaving these comments:
1. follow my blog
2. follow by TpT store
3. "like" on FB
4. leave a comment telling me about a writing tip or a type of writing you love to teach.

I will choose a winner TONIGHT!

If you don't want to wait, I am also doing a buy one get one until Sunday night!!  If you buy this (or anything else in my store) you can pick out anything  you want for FREE!  Just email me and I'll tell you the details!

Have a great day! <3



35 comments:

  1. I'm following your blog, store and FB page! This unit looks amazing and would really help me to beef up my narrative writing in my classroom! My favorite type of writing to teach is opinion. It's not a type of writing I taught much before we started using Common Core, but my kids really enjoy it.
    Teacher Gone Digital

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  2. I follow your blog!

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  5. I follow your blog on my google reader.
    One writing aspect that has really grown on me is poetry, especially once I"ve thrown visualizing in the mix. My 2 grade poets really turn on the charm once they've got that down!
    Carrie
    c.deruytter@gmail.com

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  8. Like you on FB, too!

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  9. I like to teach persuasive...maybe because it is short and sweet?

    I would love a chance to win this narrative packet as I struggle with getting good stories from my students. THey are either three sentences or ramble on and on and on....

    FIngers crossed!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  10. My favorite writing unit (do I have to pick just one?!) is poetry. We study couplets, Japanese lanterns, haikus, concrete, free verse, rhyming etc. My students love the way they get to express themselves through poetry!

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  11. I follow your blog {of course!}.
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    Inspired in Second

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  12. I follow your TpT store.
    - Amanda {avphilli@gmail.com}
    Inspired in Second

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  13. One of my students really struggles with separating his words. No matter what we try, he always jumbles his words together and it is literally unreadable. When working one-on-one with him, after he gives an idea we talk about how to use it in a sentence. Then we count out the words and I draw that number of lines in a row on his page so he knows how many separate words to write. It's helping but takes lots of individual time.
    - Amanda {avphilli@gmail.com}
    Inspired in Second

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  14. Thanks so much.
    I follow your blog by email.
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  15. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  18. I don't know if you've picked the winner or not. (It's Friday morning.) For those of us who "follow" by e-mail, we do not get the e-mail until the following day. I follow you on facebook, TpT, and by e-mail. The writing resource looks great. I love to write, but find it hard to teach. I like teaching friendly letters and opinion pieces. Thanks.
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  22. I follow your blog and TptStore. Beleive it or note I like writing poetry with my 2nd graders. We have a nice little unit that creates a booklet. They are always surprised at how well it turns out!

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    1. Kathy.... you are a winner!! I need your address!! Please reply here or email me at treb21@comcast.net
      Thanks!!

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    Grade ONEderful
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