“Spring is Sprung!” - a creative writing unit focusing on the short story - is ideal for making St Patricks Day or any time of year fun and memorable. Students don't want tons of fancy fonts and color ink. They want to be engaged and write about St Patricks Day or another occasion.
Writing a short story about leprechauns and St Patricks Day or a tale like "The Cat in the Hat" might require more drafting time than poetry writing, but a short story also helps students channel their creativity. You can also help students develop their ability to write narratives using different characters, settings, and plots, so they will meet the Common Core writing standards. Common Core requires well-developed narratives, not just simple stories.
As a writing teacher, you're the key to helping young writers discover the joy of writing about St Patricks Day fun.
1) Review character, setting, and plot. One character in my sample story is a leprechaun girl named Shirley (related to St. Patrick's Day)
2) Incorporate made-up words and fictitious creatures a la Dr. Seuss,
3) Practice vocabulary words from content areas, and
4) Writing and illustration of leprechaun stories and other St. Patrick's Day or similar stories to the best of their abilities.
Includes butterfly, honeybee, snail, and ladybug writing paper!
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