This package is dedicated to helping students "find the gold in their writing" and was inspired by the clip art of PJ's Design Laboratory.
The following is included in this package:
Writing Purpose Activity - - Using the graphic organizer of a 3 leaf clover and a writing title menu, students cut and paste the different titles under the different writing purpose headings. Of course, you can always ditch the title menu and have students brainstorm their own topics as well or in addition to using the titles menu. This portion includes an answering key, but some titles may overlap purposes (so it's not rigid). Students may also springboard their writing project from this title menu!
Theme development menu. Students can circle a theme (or two) that they would like to incorporate into their Leprechaun writing project.
Senses Development. Students imagine being a leprechaun. What would they see? What would they know? What would they wonder? What would they feel? They write all, or most of it, down in the thinking clouds.
Leprechaun description development and menu. Students develop the character of their leprechaun by deciding how he or she might dress, talk, interact with others, look for gold, approach the day, think about luck, and more.
Story development graphic organizer: Somebody wanted, but, so, then. It is a way for them to write down the bones of their story.
Story starter menu. This is a list of story starters, if a student is still having trouble getting started with his or her writing.
Finding the Gold at the end of the rainbow graphic organizer: This is another story development graphic organizer. The student is not meant to write the entire story on this page, but the bones of the writing. It is a little more advanced than the somebody wanted, but, so then. It includes a spot to prompt a hook, rising action, a turning point, a climax, and a conclusion. You could start out using this graphic organizer with a book or two the class or small group has read, showing where the different elements of the story go, as well as having them fill in their own story elements here.
Help Lucky Find Gem Words. This graphic organizer looks a lot like the story development organizer, except that students put old, dead words toward the beginning of the journey toward the pot of gold. The more improved words are placed toward the pot of gold. This comes with several menus of words that could be developed: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, but you could also have students use words you want them to personally develop.
Voice Development & Menu - - Students imagine what their leprechaun might say, and they are given a menu of ideas to help them get started.
Action Development & Menu - - Students imagine how their leprechaun might act, and they are given a menu of ideas to help them get started.
Writing Process Input Sheets. There are two sheets I've included that are FREE PRINTABLES. One tells the student to go back to their writing, allowing you to list things they need to work on before publishing their work. The other tells the student that they are ready to publish, and allows you to list things you really liked about their writing.
Publishing coloring sheets. There are two sheets included in this part of the package. One has a leprechaun with a fully developed face. The other allows you to put the students picture in as the leprechaun's face. Use these as a cover for their story!