3rd Grade Writing
Writing Resources for Learning at Home:
Narrative Story Resources
Informational Article Resources
Opinion Essay Resources
More Writing Ideas & Prompts:
Students can choose from any prompt, they don't have to match a certain date.Writing Template - Picture & Lines - This template could be used for a response to reading, or for free choice creative writing, or any other idea.Mini Book - Here are directions and a template for creating a mini-book. You could also following the folding and cutting directions with a blank piece of paper.
Journaling at Home Idea:
I received a great idea for students to do daily journaling in a notebook over the school closure. This idea came over email from the Daily CAFÉ and Regie Routman, a well-known literacy specialist:
A notebook could be a place for you to write, sketch, draw, paint, doodle, or do anything else that is useful to you. For example, you could write a poem, tape in colorful pictures, draw comics of your day, or describe a memorable moment. In the future, this notebook could be an important record of what you were thinking about, the things you did, and how you felt during this unusual time. Date each entry, because this is a history of your life during this time. Everyone’s experience will be different.
Here are some possible ideas to get you thinking:
- What each day is like for you—what’s hard, fun, stressful, restful, comforting, worrisome . . .
- What’s on your mind today—big things and/or little things you are thinking about
- Stories you’ve heard, experienced, or imagined
- An activity you did today—such as playing a game, cooking, watching movies, connecting with friends, listening to music, taking photos, going outside
- An act of kindness you did for someone or someone did for you
- A chore you did today
- Staying in contact with family, friends, and neighbors
You may want to save some pages to keep a record of what you are reading during this time. You could list the title and author of each book you read, the genre (such as fiction, nonfiction, memoir), and, perhaps, a few thoughts about the book.
Most of all, use the notebook in any way that suits you!
More Information about our Writing Curriculum:Students do a variety of writing in 3rd grade. Read below to learn more about the Writing Process, the Six Traits of Good Writing, and the Genres and Forms of Writing. Our writing instruction is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.The Writing Process:
2. Prewrite - Plan for their writing including Introduction, Main Points, and Conclusion in Opinion and Informational Writing, and Beginning, Middle, and End in Narrative (Story) Writing
3. Draft - Many pieces of writing are drafted directing on the computer, some students write in their spiral notebooks
4. Revise - Changing, Adding, or Removing ideas, words and sentences
5. Edit - Fixing mistakes in capitalization, usage/grammar, punctuation, and spelling
The Six Traits of Good Writing:Ideas
Genres and Forms of Writing:
Descriptive Writing - Science Journaling
Journal Entries - Interactive Journaling
Narrative Writing - Stories
Response to Reading
Creative Writing - Free Choice Writing, Picture Prompts
Informational Writing - Reports & Research
Writing to Explain and Learn
Opinion/ Persuasive Writing