These writing activities encourage students to carefully craft all of the elements of plot in their writing and to match voice with characters' actions and emotions. Students will have to analyze every element, making sure that they fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. The activities are narrative. A FREE BONUS RESOURCE IS INCLUDED TOO! See individual item descriptions below.
Fractured Fairy Tale Writing:
This writing project requires students to use traditional fairy tales as a guide to write a new version of that fairy tale. To do this they will write from the perspective of a character who is different than narrator of the original version. Once all of the stories have been written, there are materials included for students to turn their story into a book or for a class book to be made. It's very comprehensive with several teacher and student tools- organizers, rubric, writing paper, and more.
Other than the elements of writing, this is also a great lesson on teaching character perspectives, character traits, and the elements of a fairy tale.
- Students show they understand the elements of a fairy tale
- Students learn about different perspectives
- Students write a traditional story with a twist by writing from a different perspective
- Students use appropriate conventions while writing
- Students analyze character traits to develop their writing
- Students use appropriate paragraphing with details
This resource includes:
-An original example of a fractured fairy tale with organizers
-Student organizers/planners for writing
-Cover pages for a class book
-Cover pages for individual stories
-About the Author page
- Decorative Writing Paper
-A list of websites to use for traditional and fractured fairy tales
How the Creature Got its Feature:
This creative writing resource requires students to write an original story explaining how the animal/creature of their choice got its special feature. For example, they might choose to write about how the zebra got its stripes or how elephant got its long trunk. With organizers for student ideas and an original story to use as an example, there is a lot to support the teacher and students. Pages are engaging and include graphics. Everything is general enough that it could be used across a wide range of grades, from elementary to middle school. Once all of the stories are complete, you can use the included pages to create individual student books or a class book.
This 25-paged set includes:
- Lesson Plans for suggested use
- Common Core Aligned Standards for grades 4-8
- An original, example story: How the Monkey Got Its Tail
- Two different brainstorming organizers (one teacher key included that goes along with How the Monkey Got Its Tail)
- Student Rubric
- Cover Page for Class Book
- Table of Contents for Class Book
- Cover Page for individual student books
- About the Author Page for student books
- A list of many animals and their features
- Decorative Writing Paper
There are many ways that this can be used. It could be a whole class activity, where everyone participates in writing the same story with the teacher. It could be done in pairs or groups, or it can be done individually by students.
FREE BONUS Resource- If I Met a Leprechaun:
This St. Patrick's Day Writing requires students to write a persuasive letter to a leprechaun to try and convince the leprechaun to share his gold. It is said that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold that he will never share with humans. Use this fun, holiday myth as a writing springboard for your students.
The following items are included in this download:
-Directions for the assignment- write a letter to a leprechaun to persuade him to share his gold with you. Explain two different reasons why he should share with you, and support your reasons with details.
-A rubric that focuses on the elements of a letter, basic conventions, ideas and details
-St. Patrick's Day themed writing paper
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