A BUNDLE of “work horse” writing activities / centers, Up and Running! was created for students who struggle to work independently. These writing assignments provide an inductive, scaffolded approach that gets your struggling students on the road to working on their own. Students compose complete sentence answers to question-prompts by using words from the questions themselves and the “short-answers” provided in the assignment (in parenthesis). Stumbling blocks, such as spelling and not-knowing-what-to-write, are thereby eliminated, so that working memories can focus only on manipulating and transposing words.
Most students who don’t work independently really want to. These assignments make that possible. The process is simple to learn, but does require a certain amount of teacher guidance, especially at first. And yes, you’ll need to help them with the vocabulary, but once they’ve experienced a little success, you’ll see their enthusiasm and drive begin to kick-in.
Level A is targeted at students who read at the K or early 1st grade level. The questions in Level A are worded with easy vocabulary, and the responses do not require students to change verb tenses. In Level B, a slightly more challenging vocabulary and sentence structures are used.
Level C and D both feature vocabulary at approximately the 2nd grade level. In these two levels, the question/responses on each assignment page center around the various forms of a verb. The verbs in Level C are regular, while the verbs in Level D are irregular. When the verb form needs to be changed in the response, a reminder follows the short answer (ie: did + see = saw).
Verbs, in Level C: watch, ask, work, try, want, believe, carry, help, worry, change
In Level D : go, have, hear, see, find, lose, say, keep, know, catch
Level E At this level, students combine the complete sentence responses into narrative paragraphs, using the same process as at other levels. A paragraph template provides a visual structure that promotes
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Nicolas L Morgan . . . intended for single classroom use only. All materials and art work were created by the author and are property of the author.