This activity is great for developing speaking and writing skills in newcomers and other ELLs who need more support with expressive language skills. First, the sentence starter strips are great for supporting students as they learn to speak in complete sentences. The word bank with visuals helps them to complete the sentences. They can work individually or with a partner to complete the sentences.
Then it's time to write! Students use the sentences they made with the colorful sentence starter strips and write them on the corresponding color coded line. After that, they can create their final copy and transfer their complete sentences to the color coded writing paper. My students are so proud when they see that they've written an entire paragraph about themselves all in English!
For students who don't need as much visual support, black and white versions are also included.