Until now, that is. I spent my entire summer working and revising a writing curriculum that would fit my kids. It offers lots of repetition and each skill builds on previous skills. I have laid out the skills in such a way that it makes sense to my kids. And best of all, it is no prep (other than printing and grabbing chart paper.) How awesome is that!
We started the first week of school working on how to write a basic sentence and complete/fragments. This is the anchor chart that we created. We added a bit to it each day. We also learned about nouns. We created a noun anchor chart to help with spelling and generating ideas. On Friday, we went back and circled the nouns in the "who" part of our sentence.
Week two we added a new part to our chart, "where?". I ask the kids, "Who?" and they give me a noun. Then, I would prompt the kids with, "Did what?" and they would give me a verb/verb phrase. "Where" and we filled in the last part of the chart. We would go back and read the whole sentence to make sure it made sense.
We also spent the week adding as many verbs to our anchor chart as possible.
We also made an anchor chart with "where" words. (I LOVE my anchor charts!!)
I line up my anchor charts in this order: nouns, verbs, where/when. This allows us to find a word from each chart to write a complete sentence. This helps my students who really struggle with writing.
Week three, we talked about adding when things happen into our sentences. This is the anchor chart at the beginning of the week. (I didn't get a picture at the end of the week.) The daily lessons have the class brainstorm as many different ways to tell when as possible. For example, one day the students have to make a list that tells when they change clothes. We came up with answers such as after school, before bed, and after my shower. This really helped my kids know that they didn't need to state a specific time to tell when.
If you are interested to see if this writing program will work for your kids, you can get a full two week sample to try for free. Just download the preview.