For the 4th of July or ANY patriotic U.S. holiday. 15 prompts encourage descriptive writing to meet CCSS W3d. B/W decorated papers for drafts, final copies, or any writing assignment featuring patriotic themes. Makes a terrific bulletin board display. Perfect for a cross-curricular ELA assignment for a social studies unit.
Generic prompts work for U.S. Veterans' Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, September 11th, Martin Luther King Day, or Constitution Day.
--instruction sheet (see thumbnail and preview) with the line starters and extended prompts. Example:
I respect… (who, what, when, where, why—with reasons)
I say/wish...(something you would express to others about this
day, a hope, desire, want….and WHY)
--11 decorated lined writing sheets appropriate for upper grades in black and white for high quantity photocopies. (See the thumbnail) Includes specific clipart for each U.S. holiday (see list below) plus generic patriotic papers.
--complete teacher lesson plan including suggestions for introducing the activity and encouraging strong and descriptive vs weak and common verbs/adjectives.
--specific Common Core W3d standards for grades 4-8
--checklist for self/peer/teacher evaluation
--student example (See thumbnail)
An engaging mini-lesson to reference for the next writing assignment for your students. Useful for individual seat work, bell work, partners, homework, a center, gifted enrichment, early finishers, or an option on a menu of writing choices.
If you are using this for Memorial Day, check out this perfect companion, short readings about the holiday:
Memorial Day history, the red poppy symbol, & "In Flanders Fields"
If you like this format for encouraging writing, check out my End of the Year/First Week version and other seasonal I Am Poem products to use throughout the year:
I Am for End/Beginning of School or Valentine's: Favorite Things
Halloween I Am Poem
Thanksgiving I Am Poem
Holiday/Winter I Am Poem
St Patrick's I Am Poem
I Am Poems for End of School Looking Back or Getting Acquainted First Week
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