NOT A LOT OF FLASH but a WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE!
There are not any cover pages in full color with cute graphics in this pack; instead this contains an entire YEAR'S worth of writing that is also easy on your ink!
This 125 page packet includes 30 writing prompts for the 30 stories in the Harcourt program. They are aligned with the Common Core Standards and contain:
~ A PLANNING page that contains a detailed description of a prompt that is appropriate for 2nd grade and something I have found the kids can easily write about. There are a VARIETY of GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS (web, brace map, flow map, etc.) used for the planning page.
~ A ROUGH DRAFT page that contains detailed instructions as well as blank lines for the students to write their first draft. On some pages, this is called a “sloppy copy” and on others it is identified as a “first draft” or “rough draft.”
~ A FINAL COPY page that contains a space for name (and student number if you use that in your classroom), blank lines for writing and in most cases a place for a student to add an illustration or a background that is appropriate to that prompt.
~ A RUBRIC that can be copied/cut and printed 2 per page (to save paper) or used as a full sheet. The RUBRIC contains SIX AREAS for grading (Topic, Word Choice, Sentences, Punctuation, Capitals, Spelling) with detailed descriptions on what is needed for that grade. Simply circle the grade the student earned.
The RUBRIC is EDITABLE.
There are topics, plans, rough drafts, final copies and rubrics for:
12 Personal Narrative and
9 Opinion writing pieces.
There are also 2 blank lined pages (one horizontal and one vertical) to use if the students need a second page to write.
~ These have been used in a 2nd Grade classroom and are kid-friendly and the students really enjoyed writing to these prompts!
~ The rubric is currently set up with a “4” being the highest score because in my district this was the highest score on a 2nd grader’s report card.
~ I chose to use “Topic”, “Word Choice” and “Sentences” from the rubric for the genre. So, if we wrote a personal narrative that week, I had THREE personal narrative grades. I used, “Punctuation”, “Capitals” and “Spelling” in the “Conventions” section of my report card. In this way, the student’s average grade for conventions may increase since there were 3 areas in which it was broken down.
REMEMBER----THE RUBRIC IS EDITABLE
On MONDAY I would introduce the prompt with directions and examples. I modeled how to fill out the plan in front of the students. They would decide on a topic and complete their plan.
On TUESDAY we would begin our rough draft, which I modeled first with the same topic. I embedded discussions about how to generate full sentences from the ideas from the planning page and how to start and end the piece.
On WEDNESDAY we would finish our rough draft and begin editing. I had my students edit their own pieces after teaching them how to do it. You may have a particular method you wish to follow, but I do like having the students edit their own work.
On THURSDAY we would finish our editing and begin our final draft. I taught my students how to write in their best handwriting and make the changes from their editing stage and have those reflected in the final draft.
On FRIDAY we would finish the final draft and turn it in.
When I graded, I usually wrote one sentence to each student at the bottom. They sure did love the feedback! Frequently I made copies for our writing portfolio, but I also SENT HOME the planning and rough draft page along with the final copy (with a rubric stapled to the front) so the parents could see their progress.
TWO FINAL NOTES:
The zip file has the stories in alphabetical order, not in the sequence of the book. The writing plan, prompt and expectations were easier at the beginning of the year and became more challenging as the year went on.
PLEASE read through the prompts before assigning them! Depending on when your breaks are and when you start school, some of the holiday/vacation related prompts may not align with your district’s calendar. You may need to shift a few around here and there.
I hope you enjoy this writing packet and find it as useful as I did! I can’t wait to hear how much growth your students show over the course of a school year!