This low prep, print-and-go end of year product is a fun and engaging way for students to write about their favorite fiction or non-fiction book that they read in their English/English Language Arts class this year. A writing prompt in RAFTS form (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) asks students to write persuasive letters to the head of an Internet company and convince him to include the books they recommend in his new online bookstore.
The writing prompt is available in 2 versions: one version has literary genres and the other does not. Included in this resource are 4 different graphic organizers for note-taking and pre-writing, a model of a friendly letter, a checklist for assessing the final product, and pages for writing the first draft and final copies. Instructions for an optional oral presentation component are included if you would like to give your students practice in giving speeches.
The writing activity can be done in class or for homework; if done entirely in class, it will take 3 - 4 periods, depending on how much time you allocate for note-taking, pre-writing and revising. You can use this resource with both English Language Learners and native English speakers and it can be used by middle school students as well as upper elementary students.
Pages with lesson objectives, a list of ELA Common Core standards addressed, and a sample WIDA Model Performance Indicator are also provided for your convenience.
This is a great culminating activity that lets students show off their persuasive writing skills that they learned in their English or English Language Arts class over the course of the school year!
What you get in this product:
★ A Table of Contents for quick reference (1 page)
★ A page listing the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)
★ A page listing the lesson objectives (1 page)
★ Directions to students pages, in color and black-and-white (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)
★ RAFTS pages, one for elementary students and one for middle school students, in color and black-and-white (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)
★ The writing prompt, in 3 versions: two versions with literary genres on the page--one version in color and one version in black-and-white--and the third version without the genres included (3 pages)
★ A graphic organizer for listing fiction books read during the school year (2 pages)
★ A graphic organizer for listing non-fiction books read during the school year (2 pages)
★ A graphic organizer for students to write about the narrative elements of their favorite book (1 page)
★ A graphic organizer for listing the reasons why a particular book should be sold in the online bookstore, as well as space for writing about a negative feature--a counterclaim--of the book (2 pages)
★ A pre-writing organizer for students to put in paragraph form the reasons they recommend their book (2 pages)
★ A model of a friendly letter (1 page)
★ A lined page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)
★ A blank page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)
★ A lined page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page)
★ A blank page with a border for writing the final copy(1 page)
★ A checklist to assess the finished product (1 page)
★ A Notes to the Teacher
section with explanatory information (2 pages)
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