Looking to spruce up your students' writing and descriptive skills? Grandma's Kitchen may be just what you're looking for. This packet will help your students to further develop their writing and descriptive language abilities. Themed around "Grandma's Kitchen" templates and models are used to help your students to generate ideas for an original and creative story.
Some common core standards addressed are:
Common Core Standards
Writing, ELA & Speech and Language. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Production and Distribution of Writing
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. • With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Conventions of Standard English
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.
Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).
Form and use prepositional phrases.
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.
Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use correct capitalization.
Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed
Speech and Language Goals Aligned to Common Core
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Standards not limited to only these.
Tell about your characters
Terms to review
Desribe the setting
Use phrases to write about and describe Grandma's Kitchen
Draw a Setting
Story Map (Graphic Organizer)
Transitional Word Poster
The story begins to "Stir" (The Plot)
Question Cue Cards
Problem/Conflict (Event 1)
Respose of Character(s) (Event 2)
Action(s) to Solve the Problem (Event 3)
My story conclusion
Publish your story
Everyone loves Grandma! I hope this activity is useful for your small groups or class settings.
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