Get your students up, moving, and improving their writing! In this holiday writing activity, students scoot through eight stations where they employ simple strategies to improve a narrative text (“Alyssa the Elf” or “Alex the Elf”).
• Directions for the teacher
• Narrative text (two versions)
• Eight cards (each with a proven strategy, suggestions, and examples): Varying Sentence Beginnings, Varying Sentence Types, Varying Sentence Lengths, Choosing Words for Effect, Using Sensory Words, Using Active Verbs, Adding Details, Using Transition Words
• Themed stationery for writing final paragraph
• Self-check sheet for the student
• Rubric for the teacher
You will receive two files, color and grayscale.
This holiday lesson may be used in multiple ways, but it was created to get students up and moving. Setting up stations, or a “scoot,” works best for me.
• Arrange editing stations around the room. You can use all eight or select the strategies your students need most.
• Provide one or more thesaurus, especially at the word choice and verbs stations.
• Give each student or group the narrative text. (You can use one for all students or give “Alyssa the Elf” to the girls and “Alex the Elf” to the boys.)
• The number of improvements made at each station is up to you. Here’s where you might differentiate; for example, three changes for advanced writers and two for average.
• Put the students in groups. Assign each group to a station.
• Rotate groups through stations. (They’ll probably need five to ten minutes per station.)
Looking for more winter writing activities? Check out Snow Day!
and Building a Snowman
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Common Core State Standards for Writing W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5 – Editing Writing