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What a pair! Older pupils interview younger ones and use what they learn to write a short, illustrated storybook that features the youngster as the main character. The youngster responds with a thank-you note in which they identify their favorite part of the story they were in. A special assembly or reading in the library could bring these two groups together to share the results.
Are your middle schoolers preparing for an opinion speech? You need this resource! First, identify the structural components of the example speech provided. Next, read the speech with your class. There's a worksheet to accompany the speech. One side has readers identify and analyze components of the speech, and the other side has readers write an opinion speech themselves! Great scaffolding provided!
Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach when the adventure begins. A pre-writing worksheet and graphic organizer guides writers to start with strong details and engaging verbs. After writing a first draft, be sure to include the revision and response activity that uses Post-its. The link is provided with the other extension activities.
Why shouldn't you smoke? Emerging learners of all ages research facts about smoking and its impact on our health. They write a persuasive and friendly letter encouraging a friend not to smoke. This is especially interesting for older grades to complete, as the opportunity to smoke will arise more for this population.
Design an informational brochure to urge people to move to a specific community. The purpose of this activity is to expose pupils to expository writing. After creating the brochure, they write a three-paragraph persuasive or informational essay. Why should the audience choose their community? What sets it apart?
Prior to assigning your class their own persuasive writing task, present this PowerPoint and complete the task as a whole class. It outlines characteristics of persuasive writing, as well as includes a great learning activity. Your class must read the provided text and find elements of persuasive writing. What a great resource!
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. Your class uses descriptive language to illuminate and analyze characters. Similarly, they compare and contrast texts, plots, settings, themes and characters. This resource is packed with extension ideas.
Having a firm grasp on organization can help young authors write with purpose. Using this resource, they list the components of a narrative which include an introduction, body, and strong conclusion. They discuss how to implement these parts, and then identify those elements in an informational text on Malcolm X. The Six-Trait Writing Organization approach helps learners recognize the importance of paragraphs, sequencing, and transitions in writing.
Use a traffic light to model a very basic paragraph plan. The Go, or topic sentence, is written in green and expresses an opinion about the topic. Information that supports the opinion of the Go sentence is written in yellow and the Stop, or concluding sentence, is written in red. The instructor models how to use the traffic light to monitor the writing process. Young writers then develop a paragraph independently, or with help, depending on the grade level. Color-coded models are given.
What is the difference between a news story and a personal narrative? This plan has learners write a personal narrative using the topic of service projects in their community. Consider completing a cross-curricular extension by bringing in a speaker or sketching scenes to accompany the narrative.