“Invite to Write” is a unique way to spark motivation in your student writers. All of my “Invite to Write” lessons include a special invitation to a writing party! Kids love to come into the classroom to see a writing invitation on their desk. When I conduct an “Invite to Write” party, I throw in a little popcorn and music to liven up the classroom.
In this Spookapalooza “Invite to Write” students will learn how to write a descriptive paragraph. Look for more “Invite to Write” lessons at my Reading Innovations store.
This package includes the following:
Spookapalooza writing invitation
Background information on spooky ideas
Spooky word and idea bank
Directions for how to write a descriptive paragraph
Example descriptive paragraph that can be used to model the activity for students
Descriptive paragraph starter page for shared or guided practice
Brainstorming page for students to organize their ideas
Blank template for students to create their own descriptive paragraph
Descriptive writing checklist for students
How to Use:
This writing activity is best completed over a week’s time.
Day One: Place an “Invite to Write” on each student’s desk to set the tone for the writing lesson. Fill in the “party” date for day four or five when students will be brainstorming and writing their own descriptive paragraph.
Day Two: Discuss the background information and word/idea banks provided. Allow students time to do a little more research on Halloween. This should be closely monitored so that students do not find information that may be inappropriate for their age/grade level. They should record key details on their writing invitation. They can also add words to their word bank.
Day Three: Introduce what a descriptive paragraph is and complete the modeled example for students. Then complete a shared/guided practice with the descriptive paragraph starter page. Allow students to use their key details and the word bank.
Day Four: Students will use the brainstorming page to think of ideas for their own descriptive paragraph. Grouping students in pairs to create the paragraph together is helpful. Allowing students to make a spooky model or sketch to support their description will make the lesson engaging and motivating. Students can begin writing their descriptive paragraph once their brainstorming is complete.
Day Five: Students will finish writing their descriptive paragraph. Students can publish their writing on the blank template provided. If time allows students can share their writing….in the dark
Thanks from Rebecca at Reading Innovations!
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