Do you need an independent writing activity for emergency sub plans, summer packets, blizzard bags, or enrichment?
This is an independent activity appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting. It asks students to write a how-to article. This is a great “free choice” activity to practice informational writing.
Here are some ideas for using this activity:
*Beach Bag (rising 7-8)*
Many teachers combat summer slide, or the skills students lose over a summer of not reading or writing. A beach bag is a take-home activity designed to reconnect students to their analysis skills from the school year.
*Blizzard Bag (6-7)*
Many districts are designating eLearning days as a way to keep students connected to the classroom in heavy winter weather. A blizzard bag is an independent activity that uses classroom skills. This activity is graded like a normal assignment.
Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.
-Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task (W.7.4)
-Organize information, ideas, and concepts (W.7.2.A)
-Develop writing with concrete examples (W.7.2.B)
-Use domain-specific vocabulary (W.7.2.D)
What you get:
-A task sheet/brainstorming page
-A prewriting activity
-A final draft template
-A self-evaluation rubric
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***This activity is also part of the Independent Writing Activities Bundle
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