Directed Drawing Differentiated Writing Templates Year Bundle Distance Learning

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This is a yearlong bundle of weekly Directed Drawing and Writing activities - enough to fill your writing center EVERY WEEK for the year - and then some! It has grown and grown over the years as I've added more drawing topics, and now includes links to 25+ Directed Drawing VIDEOS as well (free!)

Perfect for distance learning as well, because it includes 53 directed drawing (with writing templates) AND a link to 20+ directed drawing VIDEOS!

This bundle includes 53 directed drawing lessons, each with 10 differentiated writing templates!

This allows ALL of your students to work on the same drawing lesson with many different writing levels and support for all students. Directed drawing is fun, easy, and no prep for your weekly art project, early finishers, or fun writing center!

UPDATE 1 - Editable: I've added a set of EDITABLE writing templates that you can use with any of the step-by-step drawing directions.

UPDATE 2 - VIDEOS! I've added a link to my growing collection of 25+ Directed Drawing VIDEOS! These are SO fun and simple - just click PLAY and let your students draw along with the video! You can pause at any time and play as many times as you like!

There are over 25 different videos to watch, and the list is growing!

These are always free to use with your students.

UPDATE 3 - I've updated the layout and format for all 53 drawing topics. Please note these are slightly different than the pictures in the preview video as far as the layout of the drawing steps.

Why Directed Drawing?

♥ excellent for fine motor development

♥ a good way to practice following directions

♥ reading for direction using the simple reading under each picture

♥ need a quick lesson with no prep? Grab any template for a whole class lesson

♥ always have a seasonal writing center, and lots for any time of year

♥ a great way to build confidence as students work independently

♥ perfect for your sub plans!

♥ a fun way to send home writing practice - homework students and parents will love!

I've chosen to include the drawings that my students have found the MOST engaging over the years. Other topics are driven by curriculum and season, and some can be used any time of year. There are LOTS to choose from!


Autumn - scarecrow, apple with worm, sunflower, schoolhouse, squirrel

Halloween - carved pumpkin, bat, witch, black cat, spider and web

Thanksgiving - turkey, cornucopia, pilgrim, native girl, Mayflower

Spring - ladybug on grass, rainbow frog, baby bird nest, Easter bunny, butterfly

Insects Spiders - butterfly, dragonfly, bee, ladybug, spider

On the Farm - sheep, cow, pig, rooster, duck

African Animals- cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra

My Pets - bunny, bird, cat, mouse, turtle, Bonus Set: A cute puppy

Sea Creatures- crab, fish, jellyfish, octopus, shark

Winter - Santa, running reindeer, swirly tree, snowman, silly reindeer

Patriotic Symbols - eagle, flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, White House

Mother's Day- A meaningful gift for mom (Grandma templates included!)

Father's Day- A meaningful gift for dad (Grandpa templates included!)

Pets, Bugs, Sealife, Farm Mini-Bundle

Writing Templates

There are several levels of supported writing prompts:

  • Write a comic
  • Write a sentence
  • Write a sentence with self-editing checkboxes
  • Write four sentences with sentence starters
  • Write four sentences with story guides for "first, then, next, finally"
  • Write with two, three and four lines
  • Write a whole page of lines, smaller picture area
  • EDITABLE templates to add your own text or sentence starters!
  • Editable templates can also be used for 25 FREE directed drawing videos

Using Directed Drawing as a Writing Prompt Blog Post


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Directed Drawing And Writing Full Year Bundle

This bundle has 53+ directed drawing packs that are perfect for adding to your weekly routine, literacy centers, early finishers, or seasonal art lessons. Each topic has 10 differentiated templates to draw a picture and then write about it. Everything is embedded on the page, so it's no prep!

It also includes 25+ Drawing VIDEOS - just press play and students draw along! See some of them by clicking HERE.

I genuinely appreciate the lovely feedback I've received on these art units! Keeping art alive in classrooms by integrating it with other subjects is near and dear to my heart - thank you for helping!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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