The new common core has added new writing curriculum to first grade and I really like it! I like how it outlines the different genres that we will be teaching to our students (argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative). I also really like how each grade will build on what the previous grade has taught. I think this will help our students become great writers as they go through school. For our first few lessons we have been working on opinion writing. We started out by writing about our favorite fruit and vegetable and then we move on to statements like "I prefer_________ because___________." This will guide them through stating their opinion and having a supporting reason behind it. This format works great for our beginning writers whether they are talking about fruits and vegetables, books, holidays, seasons, etc. Even if you aren't following the common core, I hope you still find these templates useful!