This resource is built around three themes perfect for October – fall, pumpkins and Halloween and is filled with lots of writing ideas for different genres: narrative, expository and opinion. I always find I’m looking for new writing ideas to use with my students not only during our writing block, but also as homework, Daily 5 or quick writes. Each theme starts with a brainstorming sheet. I also included a variety of planning and graphic organizers, as well as paper to be used for a final copy. Most of the organizers are lined and unlined – I find each of my students needs something different.
The table of contents at the beginning of each theme (and at the very beginning of the resource) is hyperlinked, so all you need to do is click on the topic title and you can jumpto those pages you need!
This resource is all about variety – variety in topics, organizers, etc. I did choose to use a similar format for each type of organizer so students are familiar with the set-up. You won’t find any cute crafts or cut-outs to use for a fancy display. As teachers, we know that much of our students’ writing is not “published” in the traditional sense, but is created to be shared with others in less formal ways. Use the organizers to brainstorm ideas. Then choose an organizer to use for writing. You can always stop there! For many beginning writers, just getting their idea down on the planning sheet in an organized way is tough enough! But if you want to
go further, I included writing paper themed for each topic.
The topics in this month's resource are:
Fall Fun: What do you like to do in the fall? Write about a fun fall activity you have done.
Fall is Coming: How do you know that fall is coming? Write about some of the signs of fall you see and hear where you are.
Seasonal Thoughts: Which season is your favorite? Write about your opinion and tell why you chose that season.
Pumpkin Picking: Write about finding the perfect pumpkin.
Pumpkin Life Cycle: Explain the stages in the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Carving: Do you think a pumpkin should be carved?
Halloween Happenings: Tell about what you like to do on Halloween night.
Costume Capers: Write about how to create a great Halloween costume.
Halloween Friends: Would you rather meet a vampire, a mummy or a witch?
Check out the preview for a look at each of the units. Everything in the resource is NOT included in the preview!
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This resource is part of a bigger year-long bundle!
Writing Workouts BUNDLE
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