3rd Grade Writing

  • Writing Resources for Learning at Home:

    Narrative Story Resources

    Narrative Info Handout

    Narrative Template/Planning Boxes

    Narrative Story Checklists with Pictures


    Informational Article Resources

    Informational Report Info Handout

    Informational Note-Taking & Template

    Informational Article Checklists with Pictures


    Opinion Essay Resources

    Opinion Essay Info Handout

    Opinion Brainstorm and Planning Boxes

    Opinion Essay Checklists with Pictures


    More Writing Ideas & Prompts:

    Students can choose from any prompt, they don't have to match a certain date.

    March Calendar Menu - Writing Prompts/Ideas

    April Calendar Menu - Writing Prompts/Ideas

    May Calendar Menu - Writing Prompts/Ideas

    June Calendar Menu - Writing Prompts/Ideas


    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:
    1. Brainstorm - Think of many different possible ideas for their writing
    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
    6. Publish

    The Six Traits of Good Writing:

    Word Choice
    Sentence Fluency

    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
    Persuasive Writing