"Fail to plan...plan to fail." - someone smart :)
Every great writer knows that an essay is only as strong as the plan that supports it. This resource is all about planning. Want to prepare your students for their state writing assessment? Struggle with how to organize their ideas? Have some students that struggle with getting their ideas on paper?
The resources I have created are designed to target personal narrative and expository, and create a clear vision for students PRIOR to the rough draft. This is a great companion to my other resources for STAAR writing, and is simple enough to teach and implement tomorrow in class.
Here are some thoughts for implementation:
I suggest having them brainstorm three ideas in reference to the prompt given. The brainstorming page has them select three topics, and then narrow it down to one.
In the case of narrative, once the child has chosen a topic that is on topic, they’ll also consider the time lapse of that topic.
i.e. writing about my birthday slumber party (10+ hours) ; writing about blowing out the candles on my 9th birthday cake (10 seconds)
The best narratives are narrow in focus and descriptive with slow motion action…thinking about the time lapse will aid students in this choice.
With an expository, you’ll want a topic that connects appropriately to the prompt and main ideas that are broad yet distinct. (not overlapping) i.e. writing about the qualities of a good friend. kind and nice – overlap ; supportive and dependable – broad yet distinct
I truly hope that these resources will help empower your writers to great heights. Please check back often for more from Creative Crites.
Note: Some ideas used in preparing these documents were adapted from Empowering Writers. Please check out their resources at www.empoweringwriterscom