Building Block Writing is a series of Google Slides files designed to help students elaborate in their writing by recognizing and using different “building blocks” within each genre of writing. While this could be a whole-class tool, it also works for intervention, providing scaffolding for kids who have difficulty remembering all the elements of a writing piece and using them effectively.
Students can drag and drop different elements of a writing piece into the slide and type in their own content. They can use the color coding to find balance between different elements of a writing piece.
There are four current Building Block sets:
- opinion writing
- information writing
- and two forms of Narrative writing (one with just the basic building blocks for students who are beginning, one with a few more components)
Each slideshow contains a student directions page, an example piece, and a workspace slide for students to use.
Engage kids who "stick to summary" in writing and give them tools for creating more balanced, vivid, and exciting pieces!