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I love playing around with words, particularly if it will get my students excited, or help teach a concept. “Shudders Behind the Shutters!” does both.
Anytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing prompt, my students are all over it, and can’t wait to begin. Thus, I designed this writing prompt craftivity with a window.
I had an absolute blast making my samples & I truly think your students will too.
There are two writing prompt “window” options.
Students can make a list of 13 things that make them shudder OR
they can write a brief, spine tingling excerpt.
I’ve included samples of both, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Check the PREVIEW for lots of samples.
The writing prompt “window” becomes the .
Students illustrate their writing by drawing, then coloring, something in the 4-paned window pattern.
Shutters flip open to reveal this picture window, which then opens to reveal the writing prompt.
I’ve included a “shudder-shutter” definition poster, as well as one that explains homophones. You can use these to introduce the lesson.
Encourage students to use their senses, as well as plenty of description, to evoke a shudder or two.
Students can use the (2-on-a-page) writing RUBRIC as a checklist.
I’ve included “definition-example” posters, to easily explain adjectives, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia and alliteration, which will definitely enhance their writing.
These are difficult concepts to understand. Actually, I’ve found that even younger students grasp them quite well, and are excited to share examples they’ve come across.
Completed projects make an amazing bulletin board or hallway display; you are sure to get a lot of compliments!
I’ve included several posters, as well as some rather spooky-looking letters, which spell "SHUDDERS [behind the] SHUTTERS" to add some extra pizzazz to your display. Check PREVIEW.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, daring you to give this a try and wishing you a Happy Halloween.
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