Creative Writing (Create a Thingy-ja-bob)
This is a creative and fun way to get your students to write detailed, meaningful sentences and paragraphs.
The student handout begins like this…
So…Have you told anyone yet? You know, about that…that “thingy-ja-bob” that crashed through the roof of your house last night and landed on your bed. PLOP! Of course it woke you. Remember, you stared at it for a long time and then realized that thisthingy-ja-bob could actually change the world. In fact, you realized that it could even possibly make you $millions$!
Included in this writing bundle:
- A 2-page thingy-ja-bob student handout (color & printer friendly version)
-4 thingy-ja-bob student examples
-One good thingy-ja-bob writing example
-One not-so-good thingy-ja-bob writing example
-An editing/revising handout for students to use
-An optional grading rubric
-A parent letter to be sent home (2 letters/page)
-A couple links to some YouTube videos (note: sometimes links go extinct; we apologize if this would be the case)
Tips & Hints:
-For this writing activity students are asked to glue, tape, or tie together 2-7 items from home and then bring their thingy-ja-bob to school.
-It might be wise to send home the parent letter that is included. This just helps explain the process to an adult at home.
-Print off the necessary handouts (student handout, editing/revising sheet, etc.
-If possible, for an introduction, create your own thingy-ja-bob and set it out so students can see. Don’t say anything- just set it out until you are ready to introduce it. But be ready for some inquiring questions. When you are ready to introduce this piece of writing, come up with your own story about how you discovered your thingy-ja-bob. After you brainstorm and discuss its possible functions and purpose, inform the students that they will be creating their own thingy-ja-bobs.
-You can pass out the parent letter and student handout at this time.
-If you feel it is necessary, you can show some videos of some inventions (see handout for two ideas).
-At this time, you may want to show your students the 4 student examples and have a discussion about them.
-After a few days when all of the thingy-ja-bobs are brought back to school, its time to exchange thingy-ja-bobs. You can do this how you want to, but one way would be to number the thingy-ja-bobs and then have students draw numbers.
-Once all students have a thingy-ja-bob, share with the students the good and not-so-good examples of the writing pieces. This should be a good discussion. You may also want to share the rubric (if you choose to use the one provided) and have students grade the examples- but that is up to you.
-As for the writing, of course some students will need some guidance. It may be helpful to have the good example handy so students can get some ideas.
-Once complete, it is up to you if you want your students to type the writing or not.
-Sharing of student writing can be done as an entire class or in groups of 5-6 students.
-Displaying their work and thingy-ja-bobs in the classroom, the library, or other part of the school is a great way to show off their work and success!
-Be sure to take some pictures and make copies of some of the work for the next years.
Common Core State Standards:
The CCSS that is mainly addressed with this writing piece:
Production & Distribution of Writing (CCSS.ELA.Literacy.W.4.4, 5.4, 6.4, 7.4, & 8.4
General Standard Description: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, & audience.
Production & Distribution of Writing (CCSS.ELA.Literacy.W.4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, & 8.5
General Standard Description: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, & editing.
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