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3rd Grade Writing Curriculum

My third grader attends a writer’s workshop three times a week (duration – 40 minutes). Our elementary school has set the following goal for our third grade writing program:

Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to becoming literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively by –

  • composing narrative, informative/explanatory and opinion texts as tools for learning and reflection;
  • conducting research and writing projects for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences; and
  • evaluate information from print and digital sources and using a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.

Third Grade Writing Curriculum

Writing Marking Period 1 Marking Period 2
Narrative short composition
dialogue; descriptions
short composition
poetry, event sequence & descriptions of actions
Informative extended writing – organization,
topic introduction,
topic development &
organization of related information
extended writing
organization
& topic development
with facts & details
Opinion extended writing
opinion statement
supported by reasons
short composition
topic introduction &
opinion statement supported by reasons
Speaking & Listening use of audio recording or visual display
to tell a story or report on a topic
Conventions of Written Language capitalization,
punctuation,
parts of speech,
& types of sentences
capitalization,
punctuation,
parts of speech,
types of sentences,
function of verb
and verb tense, &
conventions of spoken
and written language

Writing Marking Period 3 Marking Period 4
Narrative extended writing
organization &
establishment
of a situation
short compositions
organization,
event sequence &
descriptive details
Informative short composition
organization of information,
topic development &
illustrations to aid
comprehension of facts
Opinion short composition
organization,
topic introduction,
topic development &
opinion statement
supported by reasons
extended writing
organization,
opinion statement supported by reasons &
point of view supported by reasons
Speaking & Listening use of audio recording or visual display
to tell a story or report on a topic
Conventions of Written Language capitalization,
punctuation,
parts of speech,
types of sentences,
function of verb
and verb tense, &
conventions of spoken
and written language
capitalization,
punctuation,
parts of speech,
types of sentences,
function of verb
and verb tense, &
conventions of spoken
and written language

Source: Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland (2012)

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