Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 1
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Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 1

A Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Abby Oxenhorn Smith, Rachel Rothman, Kristine Mraz, Barbara Golub, Celena Dangler Larkey, Elizabeth Dunford, Christine Holley, Mary Ehrenworth

These units are written for first graders who have just begun tapping into their powers as readers and writers. Children begin in the first unit by exploring narrative writing, turning everyday events into well-structured stories. In Unit 2, kids write “how-to-teach” nonfiction texts, followed by Unit 3, in which they write persuasive reviews. In the final unit, children will grow from writing scenes to writing an entire fiction series.

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About the Grade 1 Units

The first-grade units are written for children who are just tapping into their burgeoning powers as readers as well as writers, and believe they can do anything. Students begin with the always-popular unit Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail, and Dialogue. In this unit students take the everyday events of their young lives and make them into focused, well-structured stories, then they learn to breathe life into the characters by making them talk, think, and interact. In Unit 2, Nonfiction Chapter Books, students enter the world of informational writing as they combine pictures and charts with domain-specific vocabulary and craft moves to create engaging teaching texts. In Unit 3, Writing Reviews, students create persuasive reviews of all sorts—pizza restaurant reviews, TV show reviews, ice cream flavor reviews, and finally book reviews that hook the reader, clearly express the writer’s opinion, and bolster their argument in convincing ways. In From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction, the final unit of the Grade 1 series, students learn to “show, not tell” and use action, dialogue, and feelings to create a whole series of fiction books modeled after Henry and Mudge.

About the Series

Lucy Calkins and her colleagues have drawn on their work from more than three decades to develop a state-of-the-art curriculum in writing to:

  • help you teach opinion, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity
  • foster high-level thinking, including regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique
  • develop and refine strategies for content-area writing
  • support greater independence and fluency
  • conduct strategic performance assessments to help monitor students’ progress and differentiate instruction
  • provide a ladder of exemplar texts that model writing progressions across grades.

Purchase Recommendations and Options

Purchase Recommendation: Choose the Grade 1 Units of Study with Trade Book Pack if your library does not already include the 3 mentor texts referenced in the Unit. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase the Grade 1 Units of Study without Trade Book Pack (as shown here).

Save when you purchase related cost-saving bundles, with or without trade book packs:

Select the Grade-Level Units you need most, available both with and without the trade book packs:

With trade book packs: Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5

Without trade book packs: Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5 / Grade 6 / Grade 7 / Grade 8

To learn more about the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing series, visit UnitsofStudy.com

Components

Four Units of Study

  • organized around the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core: opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Writing Workshop, Primary Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing workshop instruction

    (The Guidenow available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about writing workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions

  • organized around a grades K-5 learning progression across opinion, information, and narrative writing
  • includes performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplars
  • also available in a K–8 edition for separate purchase: ideal for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and other who are supporting teachers as they implement Units of Study

Large-Format Anchor Chart Sticky Notes

  • Large-format preprinted Anchor-Chart Sticky Notes with illustrated teaching points help teachers create and evolve anchor charts across each unit

Online Resources

  • Video Orientations
  • Spanish translations of important student and teacher resources—includes Spanish translations of writing samples to use with Writing Pathways, student checklists, Anchor Chart Sticky Notes, and numerous other classroom materials such as daily charts and folders. Also available are lists of Spanish-language mentor texts
  • Downloadable and printable files for the anchor charts, figures, student exemplars, homework assignments, and checklists in every session
  • Digital files for resources provided in Writing Pathways, including Writing Progressions, On-Demand Writing Prompts, Rubrics, and Student Writing Samples 

Samples

Companion Resources

Mentor Texts for Teachers:

The Grade 1 Trade Pack includes three age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
  • Sharks! (National Geographic Reader) by Anne Schreiber
  • Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat by Cynthia Rylant

Independent Reading for Students:

The following TCRWP Classroom Libraries shelf was curated to specifically align with the First Grade Units of Study.

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions (included with each grade-level bundle) is also available in a K–8 edition for separate purchase: ideal for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and other who are supporting teachers as they implement Units of Study

 

Supporting Materials

  • View Now! Units of Study for Teaching Writing Video Orientations, Grades K-8
  • Download a Study Guide
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