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Writing Forms by Grade Level: What to Cover When?

This is an image of a  student writing using markers. It has text of different writing styles, such as procedural writing, persuasive writing, narrative writing, and paragraph writing.

There are so many different writing forms: procedural, informative, explanatory, narrative, recount, persuasive, and poetry. When is it right to introduce each writing form to students?

We have used our teaching experience and ideas to create unique student workbooks and teaching slideshows for each Grade from 1-8. The topics chosen for our writing units are based on curriculum expectations for that grade level.

Note: The curriculum expectations can still be achieved using other writing forms. This comes down to the materials you have available and teaching preferences or student interests.

The chart below links to each writing bundle on the left column, however, the contents of the bundle can be viewed and purchased separately in the right column.

The slides are a recent addition to these units. The slides were designed to lead class instruction and discussions. The topics in the slides correspond with the workbooks. This allows students to learn concepts and reinforce them through practice. Slides also include interactive components where students type their answers directly on the slide.

Each writing unit contains a 4-page lesson plan for teacher use (With 21 days of lessons, expectations, learning goal/success criteria, possible accommodations, and assessment strategies).

This is a teaching slide where students have to label the parts of a report on a Google Slide. Students read the report components and use their knowledge to label the title, headings, paragraphs, and conclusion.
This is an example of an interactive teaching slide. Students type answers directly on the slides.


Each workbook comes with a diagnostic assessment in the form of a KWL chart. The slides include discussion components that can be used to gauge students' prior knowledge and experience with the writing form. There are also formative assessment tasks that can be collected or evaluated through class discussions.

This is a Google Slide that teachers can use to assess students' knowledge of fictional stories and personal narratives. Perfect for an oral diagnostic assessment.
This is an example of a sample question that could be used to assess prior knowledge.

After working through the unit, students will complete a summative task with a unique end-of-unit project. Each unit project provides a guided walkthrough for completing the task, along with the proofreading and revision stages. A rubric is also included for a final assessment.

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