Explode the Moment Writing Activities, Poster, Writing Bulletin Board

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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This "Explode the Moment" Writing Strategy Pack includes a writing poster, anchor chart, student notebook sheets, graphic organizers, and an "Explode the Moment" bulletin board display with "explosion" final copy writing paper.

Teaching "Explode the Moment" is a visual strategy that forces students to step away from telling about the large picture of an experience and hone in on just one moment from it. This allows writers to create much more vivid details for their readers.

1. Explode the Moment Poster or Anchor Chart:

This poster has a student-friendly definition and example of “Explode the Moment” Writing. It comes as a regular poster or as an anchor chart (2 pages) for you to cut and paste each part as you go through it with your students. The blank boxes allow flexibility for you to put your own information in there if you do not want to use the pre-made cut-outs. These also come in a half-page size for student writing notebooks.

(Note: This comes from my Writing Strategies Posters and Anchor Charts Pack)

2. Explode the Moment Graphic Organizers (3):

One organizer breaks apart the moment into setting, characters, thoughts, feelings, etc. Then, students can practice either exploding 1 moment or 3 smaller moments.

(Note: This comes from my Writing Strategies Graphic Organizers Pack)

3. Final Copy Writing Paper & Bulletin Board Letters:

The final copy paper is a visual template of a moment exploding. They make a great bulletin board display. I like to give the students an option of yellow, orange, or red paper to make the bulletin board even more colorful. Included are full page and half page size options, along with a blank, lined, or lined with a place for a picture. These templates, as well as bulletin board letters can also be printed to the % size you need (smaller or larger) in order to fit your bulletin board.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


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