January Writing Prompts
in traditional & real-world formats such as newspapers, comic strips, field guides, cookbook pages, biographies, and more! Engage your young authors in writing for the 3 English Language Arts common core text purposes: Opinion, Narrative, and Informative in these engaging and enjoyable formats.
UPDATED 1/11/16: Added a bonus Martin Luther King, Jr. postcard page to this packet.
Students will assume the role of a hungry young news journalist as they write a newspaper article for the headline: TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE IN PERIL! They will put on their consumer hats as they explain their "Reason for Return" during January's busiest return month of the year.
These real-world formats will help young writers discover the powerful role that writing plays in our everyday lives and make writing an adventure.
These January Writing Prompts are designed in both the traditional Draw & Write format and in numerous everyday writing formats that children are likely to come across in their day to day lives. Students will enjoy the creativity of authoring writing pieces as journalists, detectives, chefs, biographers, advertisers, and much more!
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What does the product include?
This product includes 31 common core aligned writing prompts for the month of January on primary lined paper , regular lined paper, and in easy to cut and glue rectangles for writing journals. Each page is aligned to the following 3 Common Core Text Purposes: Opinion, Narrative, & Informative. A Temporal Words & Phrases sheet and a Linking Words sheet are also included for students to refer to when writing. Also includes Common Core aligned Student Writing Checklists for grades 1, 2, and 3.
January Writing Prompt Subjects Include:
Tournament of Roses Parade
National Pie Day
National Bird Day
Times Square Ball
New Year's Resolution
A.A. Milne Biography
Martin Luther King Jr. Biography
Penguin Field Guide
1st U.S. Hot Air Balloon Flight
National Soup Month
Letter to Jack Frost
Best Hot Cocoa Flavor
And much more!!
How can I use them in the classroom?
Narrative, opinion, and informational writing are the central focus of the ELA common core writing standards. As such, students need daily practice writing within these text types. These Writing Prompt pages can be used as morning work, during your guided or independent writing block, or at a writing center. Each writing prompt page can be printed front-to-back with an extra writing lines sheet to give young authors plenty of writing space.
What English Language Arts Common Core Writing Standards are Covered?
These January writing prompts are aligned specifically to the 3 Common Core text Purposes: Opinion, Narrative, and Informative writing. The traditional Draw & Write pages include the following ELA Common Core writing supports for students along the top of each page:
Recount the events, include details, use transition words, conclude.
Introduce the topic, state the opinion, supply the reasons, conclude.
Name the topic, supply the facts, conclude.
Aligned to Second Grade and Third Grade Common Core Writing Standards.
Opinion Writing: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Informative/Explanatory Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Opinion Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Informative/Explanatory Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Narrative Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Also covers the following first grade common core writing standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1, 1.2, 1.3.
As such, I have included narrative, opinion, and informative 1st grade writing checklists.
Many teachers have reported wonderful results using these with their 1st grade students!
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