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This low prep, print-and-go writing activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about the geography of the United States during the school year. Students have to write a letter to their family and persuade them to visit a U.S. region or state during summer vacation.
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For this activity, students select one of the regions or states they studied and describe some of its features, then explain why that is the region or state they should visit. There are 2 versions of the writing prompt so if you taught your class about regions of the U.S., you can use the prompt that refers to regions and if you taught about the states, you can use the writing prompt that refers to states instead.
This resource includes a writing prompt in RAFTS (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) format, 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. The writing prompt pages come in 3 versions: without clipart, with clipart in color, or with clipart in grayscale. You can use this resource with both your English Language Learners and your native English-speaking students.
This 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 is allocated for note-taking, pre-writing and revising. Directions for an optional oral presentation component are also included, if you would like to give your students practice in giving speeches.
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.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "Great cross-curricular project!!" -- Zakiyyah C.
♥ "This is a great way to integrate different subject areas!" -- Diane S.
This culminating activity enables students to review what they have learned over the past year about the geography of the United States in a fun way!
What you get in this product:
★ A Table of Contents for quick reference (2 pages)
★ A page listing the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)
★ Pages listing the lesson objectives, for regions and for states (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)
★ RAFTS pages, in color and grayscale, for regions and for states (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)
★ Directions to students pages, in color and black-and-white, for regions and for states (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)
★ The writing prompt about U.S. regions, in 3 versions: one with space for listing all the regions studied, one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the regions they learned about, and one with the map in grayscale (3 pages)
★ The writing prompt about U.S. states, in 3 versions: one with space for listing some of the states studied, one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the states they learned about, and one with the map in grayscale (3 pages)
★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about three regions or states (1 page for each version; 2 pages total)
★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about a selected region or state (1 page for each version; 2 pages total)
★ A pre-writing organizer to write about the selected region or state in a logical, sequential way (2 pages for each version; 4 pages total)
★ 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)
★ Checklists to assess the finished product; one for regions and one for states (1 page each; 2 pages total)
★ A Notes to the Teacher section that contains explanatory information (2 pages)
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