I found this extraordinary resource from Jen Bengel on TpT.
And the best part...she has units for narrative, informational, persuasive and figurative language! Plus she has written them for different grade levels!
The lessons are GREAT and they have made my lesson planning a piece of cake!
And I believe the reason that my kiddos are loving reading and writing and are having no trouble at all focusing during read to self or coming up with story topics is because of the mini lessons from this unit. I find that I am presenting things much slower and allowing students to practice and master skills before moving on.
We are just about done with the launching mini lessons and getting ready to start the narrative lessons!