Primary Writing Resources by Jessica Meacham

Looking for Writer’s Workshop lessons, units, and resources for primary grades?   Take a peek at what I have developed over the past eleven years.

Units of Study Lesson Plans:
The Units of Study lessons are organized by unit.  The following units are included:Writing Units of Study by Jessica Meacham

They are in PDF format, and follow the format you see in the picture below.Writing Units of Study by Jessica Meacham

Files to Support Writing Units:  Click the image below to access files that support the Writing Units of Study Minilessons.


download-icon If you happen to be looking for the 1st 20 Days document that I created in 2007, here it is!

SMARTboard Writing Workshop Files: You can also access my Writing SMARTboard files below:


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  • Megan T
    August 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hello!! Thank you so much for making this available!! I am eager to start writers workshop with my kindergarteners. I am wondering if you have an updated scope and sequence available?

  • Melissa Bowen
    August 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Good afternoon! I LOVE your writer’s workshop ideas and followed your unit “Establishing Writer’s Workshop routine” with my first graders. Do you have any more of the PDF files on your workshop units? Or are the available for purchasing on Teachers Pay Teachers? I hope you’ve had a great start to your school year!

    Melissa A. Bowen

    • admin
      August 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Hi, Melissa! Thanks for the message. The other units are PDF, and available too! Click on this post: http://jessicameacham.com/?p=826 (gray file icon) and then click on “units” to access the writing units files!

  • Gina Ralston
    September 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hello! Thank you for providing such valuable resources. When I clicked on the folder above, I wasn’t able to get any mini lessons 🙁
    Is there another way to access them?
    Thank you!!

    • admin
      September 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Gina! When you say you can’t access them does that mean the link won’t open? Are you seeing an error message?
      By chance are you at school when trying to access them, or logged into your school Gmail address?
      Some schools have strange network settings that don’t allow access to Google Drive or Dropbox files.
      Let me know…I’ll try to help!

  • Em Hutchison
    September 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for your resources. I found you over the summer and your site was very helpful as we worked on our own units of study for writing. My teammate and I found something about “good and better” words. We found this so interesting. But we found it early in the summer before your new website. Can you point me in the direction of where I can read more about this? I can’t remember where I saw it. Thanks!!!

    • admin
      September 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      I created the unit plans mostly 6-7 years ago. I have heard that there’s a scholastic resource that came out a couple of years ago that used my materials (the authors later apologized). Maybe that’s the resource you are referring to? I am not sure what it is called off the top of my head. Sorry!

  • Kelly
    October 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Hello! This is an amazing resource, thanks so much. Is this tailored to a specific grade level? Also, I notice that in your PDF units Fiction, Poetry, Opinion (and Conferring) are not available. Are those units available for download anywhere? Thanks again!

    • admin
      October 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! Most are geared toward K-2, but can be modified. I don’t have Fiction, Poetry, Opinion, or Conferring done. I’m kept pretty busy at work and in the classroom so I’m just not sure when/if it will get done! So sorry!

  • Allison Woodington
    October 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Do you still have the graphics for the pencil that had the green go sign, the little finger space, the boy stretching out his arms, the stop sign, and the sun?? I have looked everywhere and cannot find it. 🙁

    • admin
      November 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I plan on adding that soon. Thanks for the message…I’ll make it a priority to do this soon! While I don’t have the actual picture of the pencil, I do have the file folder with printables available on my site: http://jessicameacham.com/writing/ Click on the gray file folder, then click Supporting Unit Docs, and then click Writing Checklists. There will be a folder there that will lead you to the printables! Hope this helps! Jessica =)

  • Jinny Spring
    November 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    I know you are probably extremely busy…I am looking for the wonderful unit that you had on the old website that was the letter to Santa. Any chance that you have put up on the website and I’m looking in the wrong places???

    • admin
      December 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      It’s there now! Check my main page at jmeacham.com! =) Or search “Letter to Santa” or “Santa Letters” in the blog’s search box.

  • Sue
    January 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Here I am again now at your writers workshop. Amazing. Thanks again.

    • admin
      January 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Thank YOU! =)

  • Lisa
    January 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hello! These are amazing resources. I can click on the link and pull up all the Supporting Resources but when I click on the writing units of study nothing opens up, just the picture. Is there a way to access these too? THANKS!

    • admin
      January 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Hi, Lisa! Thanks for commenting. The download link below the picture will take you to the Google Drive folder. I also have SMARTnotebook files for Writing too. I’ve just updated the post to reflect where those are located (Dropbox folder). Thanks again!!

  • Sherry
    April 19, 2015 at 11:53 pm


    Wow! This is so fantastic!! I love how you are willing to share your hard work with other teachers (who are also hardworking). I think teachers like you who develop such great lessons and resources and then share the heck out of them should get an award!

    • admin
      April 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you, Sherry! I appreciate your feedback. =) Many blessings to you!

  • Angie
    May 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and all your hard work. I have followed you for years and love using your ideas and lessons with my students. Thanks for making teachers lives more enriched!

    • admin
      May 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Angie!! I appreciate the feedback and cyber-love!

  • jeanette hill
    June 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I’m sure this is on your website and I’ve overlooked it….but I was wondering if you posted the order in which you teach your different writing lessons in your writers’ workshop. Thanks! You’re a genius!

    • admin
      July 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Jeanette! I do appreciate it. =) I don’t necessarily have a set-in-stone sequence. You can read about that here: http://jessicameacham.com/planning/ Take care!!

  • Karyn
    August 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Hi! I’m wondering if the graphics (pencils) that go with your Each Day is a Story writing center are available somewhere on your site? Thanks so much! Karyn

    • Jessica Meacham
      August 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Yes, I think you’re referring to the Pencil Writing Editing Pencil graphics, right? Visit this site: http://jessicameacham.com/writing/ and then scroll down to “files to support writing units” after you click on that, select “supporting unit…” and then “writing checklists” =)

  • Felecia Wesley
    August 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with other teachers. These lessons are wonderful and they have helped me learn how to teach writing to little kids. I am going to share your sight with the new teachers on my team. You should write a book!

    • Jessica Meacham
      September 5, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Thank you for the great feedback, Felecia! I do appreciate it!!! =)

  • Rhonda
    September 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Hi, I am trying to access your site that contains your writing workshop minilessons. I have requested access. How long before I get a response?

    • Jessica Meacham
      September 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Hi, Rhonda! I have all files set to public, which means anyone can access them. When I enter your email in manually for access, I get this response: “The administrator for Cuba Independent Schools has disabled the ability to receive items from outside their domain. If those you’re attempting to share with would like more information, they should contact their domain administrator directly.” Try logging out of your school email, then access the files. Or, try from home. One other thing you can do is to discuss allowing Dropbox and Google Drive downloads at school with your network administrator! Also see: http://jessicameacham.com/unable-to-view-or-download-a-google-file/ Thanks for the message!

  • Alexandrina
    March 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you so much for your generosity! I am so glad that I have found this treasure trove! 🙂
    I was in great need of ideas for extending my students’ writing. Your resources are just wonderful!

    • Jessica Meacham
      March 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Glad to be of some help!!

  • Jennifer
    March 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    Just curious if you have units of writing poetry? I didn’t see any. Maybe I overlooked. Thanks for all you do.

    • Jessica Meacham
      March 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Sorry — I don’t. We’ve pretty much moved to focusing on informational, narratives, and opinion pieces at our grade level!

  • Patricia
    June 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonder writing resources! Your units are absolutely wonderful!!

    • Jessica Meacham
      June 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Patricia! I feel they are “old” but maybe “timeless” is a better word? Glad so many get use out of them, even though they aren’t as “fresh-looking” as the other options out there! Glad to SHARE with others!!

  • Colleen
    June 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Dear teacher friend: I am so excited to find your resources! I teach in a small private school with only 1 section per grade level so I depend on Blogs and other teachers to share ideas in order to sharpen my teaching efforts.

    I will be implementing Writer’s Workshop this coming fall with the hopes to share my discoveries with other grade levels in my school once I have some practice. I am curious if you have the order that you teach the lessons in available? Enjoy the summer and thanks for your help!

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    June 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm

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  • Crystal Houpe
    June 27, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Have you made any writing mini lessons for your smart board, or do you know of any good resources?

  • Jennifer
    August 2, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Hi, so excited to have found you and your writing information, do you have any pdf or word docs instead of notebook (smartboard files) of the information? My school doesn’t have it and I would love to access your information as it was highly recommended to me from a collegue.

    • Jessica Meacham
      August 9, 2016 at 7:05 am

      If you’re interested in the smartnotebook files but can’t open them you can open them with http://express.smarttech.com/# =) If that won’t work for you I can try to PDF some of them. If you have specific files you’d like to see let me know, but definitely try the smart tech express online!

  • Mary
    August 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Hello….I am trying to find the graphics you used to make the large pencil. I am not having any luck finding it. Do you still have those available for download?


  • T.Kristy
    September 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and resources for Writer’s Workshop! You have helped me over the past 5 years develop my own Writer’s Workshop that fits my classroom. However, I just changed grade levels and I’m trying to make sure I “cover” all of the things my 2nd graders will need to become better writers. I thought a while back that I saw on your old website that you had an “order” to teaching the minilessons. Am I overlooking it, or is there only an order for the first 20 days?

    • Jessica Meacham
      October 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      No order. You aren’t overlooking things. I like to think of it as “prescriptive teaching” (while there may be an intended order, I don’t try to make a plan, but rather use what my students give to me in the way of behavior and skill demonstration to help me know what should be on my lesson plans the next day, week, month. Hope this makes sense! Best wishes!!