This bundle of goodies reinforces the skill of letter writing in upper grades while integrating guided reading, and introduces the genre of letters and diaries with fun and challenging activities! These activities will engage your students in higher-order thinking during guided reading groups as they learn about letters and diary entries, as well as how to write them!
This genre/literature guide is a full unit, with activities, chart toppers, mini-posters and detailed lesson instructions imbedded within the file. During the literature study, students will use their guided reading book to complete mini-projects - write letters, postcards, diary entries, and even text messages from the perspective of the main character! They will put these together on a large piece of construction paper or poster board that can be displayed on your bulletin board!
Included in the guide:
*Detailed instructions on how I use this guide in my guided reading novel study groups
*A cover page for student-made folders (to keep kiddos organized!)
*A tracking sheet for chapters that need to be read during the project (I glue it inside the folders)
*A tracking sheet for the mini-projects so that nothing is forgotten (also glued inside folders)
*Letters & Diaries anchor chart toppers to create a Venn diagram
*Materials for a mini-lesson on characterization, including a cute graphic for reader's notebook, a character traits chart, and a characterization chart for analyzing the main character
*TWO graphic organizers for brainstorming who to write to and what to write
*SIX cute mini-posters for parts of a letter
*Two mini-resources on parts of a letter and sample closings for kids to keep in reader's notebook
*Parts of a Letter Chart Toppers to use on a classroom letter
*Letter publishing pages for project (2 choices - 1-page letter & 2-page letter)
*Sample guide for addressing envelopes
*Large stamp for project & 2 small stamps to create personalized character stamp for letters/envelopes
*Post card publishing pages for project
*Cellular phone graphic for project
*Diary cover and pages for project
*12 large vocabulary cards for a bulletin board or pocket chart
Please click on the preview to see LOTS of the goodies in the guide!
My kiddos LOVE this project because they get to become the main character of their novel! I always try to choose engaging books that fit the kiddos' personalities, and this novel study really helps some of my reluctant readers get into reading! I hope you enjoy! I have embedded teacher instructions throughout the guide so it's very easy to implement or tweak to your needs. Please leave feedback and let me know how the guide worked for you. I love getting new ideas and you will LOVE earning TPT credits! Follow me for updates to this product and my store!
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