This is a creative writing activity that can be used all year long. But, it’s really fun to plan it for Halloween in October! Included in this writing unit are:
• Prewriting graphic organizing worksheets to help develop story ideas, build character descriptions, create a problem and solution, and organize events in the story.
• Lined writing paper with monster-themed borders for first drafts and final copies in color and black and white.
• Teacher record-keeping/observation form for taking notes during the writing conferences
• Revising checklist for self-revising, peer-revising, and teacher-revising
• Editing checklist for peer-editing
Common Core State Standards Linked to This Unit:
4 of the 10 writing standards for 3rd grade and beyond are covered in this unit.
• W.3.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
oEstablish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
• W.3.4. With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
• W.3.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
• W.3.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
I have taught 6 years as a classroom teacher and 2 years as a reading specialist. I am currently a literacy coordinator for grades 3-5. I teach intermediate students and coach teachers in the reading, writing, and language workshops.