This Pilgrim writing craftivity was created to review what students have learned about Pilgrim life while also practicing their opinion paragraph or informational paragraph writing skills. It also makes for a great November bulletin board display!
Before beginning the writing assignment, your students will need time to research Pilgrim life to gather facts to support their opinions. There are many books about the Pilgrims out there that can be used for research purposes, as well as wonderful educational websites such as https://www.plimoth.org. A graphic organizer for recording their findings is included. In my own second grade classroom, I read Sarah Morton’s Day and Samuel Eaton’s Day, both by Kate Waters, and record student thoughts on chart paper as a prewriting activity.
To help your students plan their writing and enhance their craft as opinion writers, I’ve included several paragraph planner options as well as a printable list of suggested opening and closing phrases for opinion writing.
After their writing is planned, students can begin to write their paragraphs on the provided writing paper, color and cut out their Pilgrim boy or girl, and assemble on a large piece of 12” x 18” construction paper.
Need to differentiate this assignment? Traceable supported writing paragraphs with blank spaces for students to fill in to complete are included. These are perfect for beginning ELL students or students on IEPs who need additional writing supports.
After writing, assess students with one of the provided rubric options.
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Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles