December Writing Prompts in Traditional & Real-World formats such as field guides, comic strips, newspapers, cookbook pages, biographies, and more! Engage your young authors in writing for the 3 English Language Arts common core text purposes: Opinion, Narrative, and Informative in these engaging and enjoyable formats.
Students will assume the role of a hungry young news journalist as they write a newspaper article for the headline: ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN ON THE LOOSE! They will put on their detective hats as they dive into the case of "Santa's Stolen Cookies" to write a narrative story about who ate Santa's cookies before he arrived.
These real-world formats will help young writers discover the powerful role that writing plays in our everyday lives and make writing an adventure.
These December Writing Prompts are designed in both the traditional Draw & Write format and in numerous everyday writing formats that children are likely to come across in their day to day lives. Students will enjoy the creativity of authoring writing pieces as journalists, detectives, chefs, biographers, advertisers, and much more!
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What does the product include?
This product includes 31 common core aligned writing prompts for the month of December on primary lined paper , regular lined paper, and in easy to cut and glue rectangles for writing journals. Each page is aligned to the following 3 Common Core Text Purposes: Opinion, Narrative, & Informative. A Temporal Words & Phrases sheet and a Linking Words sheet are also included for students to refer to when writing. Also includes Common Core aligned Student Writing Checklists for grades 1, 2, and 3.
December Writing Prompt Subjects Include:
Diary of a Snowflake
Santa's Stolen Cookies
Santa's Elves on Strike!
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
How to Build a Snowman
Walt Disney Biography
National Cookie Day
Reindeer Field Guide
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
Postcard to Santa
Pledge of Allegiance Day
And much more!!
How can I use them in the classroom?
Narrative, opinion, and informational writing are the central focus of the ELA common core writing standards. As such, students need daily practice writing within these text types. These December Writing Prompt pages can be used as morning work, during your guided or independent writing block, or at a writing center. Each writing prompt page can be printed front-to-back with an extra writing lines sheet to give young authors plenty of writing space.
What English Language Arts Common Core Writing Standards are Covered?
These December writing prompts are aligned specifically to the 3 Common Core text Purposes: Opinion, Narrative, and Informative writing. The traditional Draw & Write pages include the following ELA Common Core writing supports for students along the top of the page:
Recount the events, include details, use transition words, conclude.
Introduce the topic, state the opinion, supply the reasons, conclude.
Name the topic, supply the facts, conclude.
Aligned to Second Grade and Third Grade Common Core Writing Standards.
Opinion Writing: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Informative/Explanatory Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Opinion Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Informative/Explanatory Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Also covers the following first grade common core writing standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1, 1.2, 1.3.
As such, I have included narrative, opinion, and informative 1st grade writing checklists.
Many teachers have reported wonderful results using these with their 1st grade students!
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