Grade 1


"First Grade Daily Language Instruction is a student's first introduction to many written language skills. The children love the poems, songs, and activities that help them learn, remember, and apply new concepts and skills. The DLI format is kid friendly and encourages success for every student. It's truly a wonderful resource!"
C. Long, Walnut Hills Elementary, Grade 1


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Daily Language Instruction

DLI for Grade 1 is a focused, stand-alone resource that specifically addresses writing conventions: capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
DLI knits all of the elements of the learning cycle into one cohesive resource and supports your instruction from start to finish.
DLI provides strong support to address the increased rigor in your district and state standards, including the Common Core State Standards.



DLI offers five distinct advantages when compared to other language resources:

1. DLI focuses on one new skill each week.
2. It includes mini-lesson strategies that make it a snap for you to introduce the new skill.
3. It offers short, daily practice which allows you to build the new skill as well as spiraling review.
4. DLI includes a weekly assessment with a format that mirrors formal assessments to support your test preparation.
5. It includes pre-post assessments at six-week intervals to support intervention and celebration.



DLI is quick and effective.

Plan 5-10 minutes a day to complete the daily practice Monday-Thursday. 
On Day Five, the assessment (beginning at mid-year) and mini-lesson to introduce the new focus skill requires 30 minutes.

DLI is age-appropriate and is the perfect complement to Writing Workshop.

The quick DLI tasks allow you to keep authentic writing center stage. 
DLI supports your young writers and helps them to use the conventions of print that make their texts accessible to their readers. 




Grade 1 Book



30 weeks of mini-lessons to launch the skill instruction
30 weeks of daily tasks to support skill development
30 weeks of correlated spelling lists
Pre-post assessments at six-week intervals


The Grade 1 Book-spiral bound-560 pages



of the teacher’s edition is dedicated to supporting YOU in implementing the curriculum.  These copyrighted teacher resource sections create the ENGINE that powers the DLI program; they are not reproducible.


of the teacher’s edition is dedicated to student practice tasks, weekly and pre-post assessments, and spelling lists.  Student items have LIMITED reproduction rights for one classroom.

Click on the links below to download the following documents.


Week 4 Sample (Zaner-Bloser)
Week 10 Sample
Week 4 Sample (D'Nealian)
Week 20 Sample
Mini-Lesson Samples
Spelling (Zaner-Bloser)
Product Details
Spelling (D'Nealian)
Table of Contents
Chart-Weekly Focus Skills
DLI Grades 1-6 Scope and Sequence
Scope and Sequence
How Much Time Does DLI Require?  
New! Pre-Post Assessment Weeks 13-17
DLI Overview
State Assessment Data What you need to know about DLI
Progression of Weekly Samples CCSS CORRELATION CHART

Bound as one edition, Grade 1 DLI includes two separate sets of materials:
Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian.

Grade 1-DLI Educator Bundle (DLI Book + DLI Smartboard CD)

Enhance your instruction by adding a CD to your DLI book.
Project daily tasks on any interactive whiteboard or use the CD with an LCD projector.

Included: the CD correlates with the print edition. It includes all Day One to Day Four student practice tasks in pdf format.

Not included: teacher resource sections (mini-lessons), assessments, keys, and spelling are not included; they are all available in your DLI book.

Copyright: The single-use license allows the CD to be installed on one computer. Files on the CD may not be uploaded to teacher or school websites or transmitted via the Internet.  CDs are not sold separately.


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