This is your one stop shop for writing for the entire school year! I have use this as my year-long writing center for the last two years and it has worked wonderfully! My students are able to write 3-5 paragraph narrative, opinion and informative essays using topic sentences and supporting details. It has helped my own students become better writers, and will do the same for yours!
This file includes Common Core aligned ELA writing projects to span an entire school year for grades 2-4. I’ve included outline templates, final copy templates, student directions pages, scoring rubrics and “cheat sheets” for Narrative, Persuasive and Informative writing projects. Most rubrics are for 5 paragraph essays, but I’ve also included a 3 paragraph essay outline you can use with all writing projects. You can choose between the two as you deem appropriate for your students!
Writing topics include: summer vacation, first day of school, Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and spring break and many more!
One of my foremost goals in all my instructional practices is to provide students with authentic application. I've found this to greatly promote student engagement and buy-in! So, I've created these writing projects with that thought in mind. Each writing project is specifically designed to coincide with a certain time of year. Students can draw on their own personal experiences when writing narrative texts, persuasive texts and informative texts.
I have included over 10 writing prompts each for Narrative, Opinion, and Informative writing. Students can complete these writing projects in whole group, small groups, at a writing center, as independent work, or as homework. You could also print this as a writer’s notebook packet and divide it into the three writing categories. This would allow you to see how students’ writing progresses throughout the school year.