Differentiated Story Writing Templates

Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
Differentiated Story Writing Templates
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This starter set of printables is perfect for differentiating writing from K-5. I've been using this idea to differentiate instruction in my own multi-age classroom for over 20 years with great success.

*Try some free templates in the downloadable preview!

All students will use the same story template for the basis of their sentences and story - the only difference is the animal they choose as the character in their story. Differentiation is discreet; your expectations are different for each student.
Depending on their ability, they use the template in different ways.

LEVEL1. Trace or draw the picture onto their own paper (differentiated writing pages provided) Students who don't know letter sounds yet can simply write freely with an adult to scribe if desired.

LEVEL 2. After level 1, also label the picture with words in the word bank

LEVEL 3. After level 2, stretch each simple sentence by adding descriptive words in the spaces provided

LEVEL 4. The first three sentences together will create the beginning of a story. Sentence 4 introduces conflict to the story.
Sentence 5 prompts students to resolve the conflict and end the story.

LEVEL 5. Self editing prompts are at the bottom of the page. Students identify their use of basic capitalization and punctuation.

LEVEL 6. There is also a prompt for students to read their story aloud to a peer, and ask the peer for feedback regarding their favorite part of the story, or peer editing.

Depending on student ability, the stories can be as long and complex as needed.

Emergent writers my only do the tracing and labeling in levels 1 and 2.

Students farther along may write a simple story by filling in the blanks.

More advanced students can incorporate vocabulary, self-editing, peer editing, writers workshop, etc.

This set can be used as an independent literacy center, a writers workshop task, or a whole group morning writing job. Students can choose their own animal and then feel more excited about the writing! Students using this set are often surprised by how much they can write. This, in turn, gives them the confidence to continue writing!

I laminate the whole set and use repeatedly. Students simply trace over the animals and copy the sentences into their own writing page. This allows for more room for writing. For very young students, you could also use them as printables where students write the words directly into the spaces and label the original picture.


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