Category Archives: Grade K-1


March 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection:


March Lesson of the Month Connection: Our lessons this month can easily be connected to geography.  In a recent National Geographic-Roper Global Geographic Literacy Survey polled more than 3,000 18- to 24-year-olds in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Sweden scored highest; Mexico, lowest. The United States was […]

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March 2017 Lesson of the Month:


March Lesson of the Month: This month’s lesson links a St. Patrick’s Day research project with persuasion. The students will learn facts surrounding the Irish holiday. They will combine their acquired facts with a bit of untruth. Thereafter, try to convince their audience to believe a light-hearted ruse over true facts. Overview: Students will research […]

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February 2017 Lesson of the Month:


February Lesson of the Month: Your students are writing an information piece about a topic of interest – perhaps a science or social studies theme, or an essay on a favorite season, holiday, animal, or activity. The common student pitfall in this kind of piece is that they simply present a list of facts. When […]

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January Lesson of the Month Connection:


January Lesson of the Month Connection: Keep in mind that the best instruction happens when every subject is in some way integrated.  Using a “Make it Your Own” approach, teachers can always drop their own thematic or topical material into a writing lesson, “customizing” it so that the writing draws upon relevant cross-curricular study.  Here’s […]

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December Lesson of the Month Connection:


December Lesson of the Month Connection: Many schools are being asked to supplement classroom instruction with station activities. The lesson this month can be used as a classroom activity and then placed in a station (learning center) to further reinforce the skill. There are a number of activities in each of the Empowering Writers Guides that […]

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November Lesson of the Month Connection: “The Writing Revolution”


November Lesson of the Month Connection: Read the amazing article in the Atlantic entitled, “The Writing Revolution” to see the impact of writing all day everyday. The following web address will take you to this poignant read about the success of New Dorp High School, a school in which many teachers had lost their desire […]

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May K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson: This month’s lesson reviews the three sources of elaboration, character, setting and object. The assignment will take multiple days and modeled segments. Here’s what you’ll do: 1. First, chart for students their favorite characters, settings and objects around the school. 2.  On separate days, choose a favorite and model a descriptive paragraph about […]

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April K-1 Lesson of the Month


For this month’s K-1 lesson, let’s create a class book based on Sue William’s book, I Went Walking and the NO GO word cards. Here’s what you’ll do: First, read the book by Sue Williams entitled, I Went Walking, to the children. Point out how the character walks all around and finds many animals of […]

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Summarizing Frameworks K-1


Click the link below to download summarizing frameworks for K-1.  

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February K-1 Lesson of the Month – Suspense with Prepositional Phrases


This month’s lesson combines suspense with prepositional phrases. First, read a book to the children in which the author uses a variety of prepositional phrases. Some suggested titles are: Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstein, (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971), Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, Alladin, 1971), or Around the […]

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January Lesson of the Month – BURRR!


My favorite time of year is when it’s cold outside and I am curled up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. For many of you, the cold lasts way too long for you to love it. In Texas, we get just the right amount. The cold and snow always bring about a […]

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K-1 December Lesson of the Month


Best wishes to all of you from all of us at Empowering Writers. December is that time of year when children begin dreaming about what they want for holiday gifts, what they hope to do over the winter break, or where they wish they could visit on their school holiday! For some, this will only […]

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November Lesson of the Month – K-1 Lesson


1) Read a book about popcorn to the students, such as The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola, (Holiday House), Popcorn by Frank Asch, (Aladdin), The Popcorn Shop by Alice Low, (Scholastic), The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer, (HarperCollins), and Popcorn by Elaine Landau, (Charlesbridge) 2) After reading the book, pop several bags of popcorn. If […]

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Teaching Grammar and Mechanics in those Extra Ten Minute Slots


You’ve just wrapped up a reading lesson, and in about ten minutes it’ll be time to head off to art. Or music. Or wherever. Or, it might be the interminable stretch of time between when the school buses line up, bus numbers are called, and the kids file out to board. Not enough time to […]

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Getting Ready To Write – Kindergarten – 1st Grade – Scope and Sequence


Kindergarten 2007 (First Edition):     Kindergarten 2013 (Updated Edition):     1st Grade 2007 (First Edition):     1st Grade 2013 (Updated Edition):       In my school we used to say, tongue-in-cheek, that our over-all approach to writing was “curriculum by folktale.” Our building had been closed for many years and recently […]

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Grade 1 Narrative Writing Sample


1st Grade Sample after 2 years of Empowering Writers instruction Click here to download the sample “One Day at the Beach” The prompt: “The waves crashed against the sand. I plopped my pack down and spread out my towel. It was going to be a wonderful day. Just then…” “My little brother pulled the towel out […]

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Graphic Organizer for Primary Grade Expository Writing


 The Simplified Expository Pillar Try using the Simplified Pillar in your classroom, and see how easily it makes clear thinking visible! Many primary grade teachers wonder how to help their little ones think clearly in order to best organize their thoughts on the page – especially in light of the fact that the latest 21st […]

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A Graphic Organizer for Primary Grade Narrative Writing


The Simplified Writing Diamond – the Shape Stories Take! Click here to download the writing diamond As a kindergarten teacher it was always tricky to translate what I knew was important as an author into concepts and language appropriate and effective for my audience of wiggly, giggly four to six year olds. You see, I […]

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A Graphic Organizer for Opinion Writing in K-1


Click to download the Graphic Organizer for Opinion Writing in K-1 If there was one thing my own children had at age 5 it was strong opinions. My son Glenn (who today is a fashion designer designing high-end jeans for the Ralph Lauren RRL brand) knew exactly what clothes he preferred to wear to school.  I […]

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Narrative/Expository Text Sets by Genre – for Literature Connections


Looking for just the right books to teach a unit or theme is often quite a process. I always look in my classroom collection first but then I know I will need more. Off to the library I go! I search through the stacks for something even closely related to my theme. I enlist the […]

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Building Authors’ Thinking


Click on the link to access the building blocks of author’s thinking in narrative, informative, and opinion writing. I have watched in fascination how a five year old can build a sophisticated tower out of blocks but cannot write his name. The thought process of putting the tower together usually involves a sturdy base, one […]

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The Developmental Stages of Writing: K-1


Click below to see all the Developmental Stages of Writing Narrative:     Expository:     Where do I begin writing instruction in my k-1 classroom when my students are all over the map? Not literally, (although that is true of the K-1 classroom) but across the developmental scale. Some students are reading when they […]

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ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Kindergarten- 2007 Edition


  ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Kindergarten- 2007 Edition

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ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Grade 1- 2007 Edition


ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Grade 1- 2007 Edition    

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ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Grade 1- 2013 Edition


ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Grade 1- 2013 Edition

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ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Kindergarten – 2013 Edition


ELAR TEKS Cross Referencing Guide – Getting Ready to Write – Kindergarten – 2013 Edition

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