Ideas for the writing
Reader's Response: If you do not want your
students to respond to text during independent reading, then
they can do it during the Writing Center time.
Writing: Students write letters, notes,
lists, ads, etc.
Prompts: (Materials: basket/box/container, coloring book,
crayons, pencils, different types of writing paper, construction paper)
Buy a coloring book that contains pictures and no words. Students
choose a picture, rip it out, and write a story based on that page.
Once they have completed their story and have
colored their picture, they can mount both pieces of work onto a folded
construction paper to give it the look of a "book".
Teachers can laminate each completed work and create a class book (once
the whole class has had a chance to create a story) to be put in the
Writing Packets: Make a list of words based on
a topic, such as baseball, Christmas, homework, etc. Staple that
list on the front of a large, clasp envelope. Add paper and pencils
inside the envelope. Place packets in a basket. Students
choose a topic and write a story using the words listed.
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Similar to a picture prompt. Find poems for students to
read. Students then write about any connections they
have made to the poem. Or, create prompts (questions) to
go with each poem for them to respond to.
Order: Copy the
sentences of a paragraph on individual sentence strips and place them in
an envelope. On the envelope, write directions that explain how to
do the activity. The goal of this activity is for students to learn
how to put sentences in order to form a paragraph.
Student write in different genres (biography, persuasive,
Students can write entries in their journals. Take a
look at our monthly journal calendars!
Story starters for writing short stories.