This is a product that will allow you to build relationships with your students while also covering 2nd grade Common Core Writing Standards. This weekly routine requires students to create a book for the Star Student focusing on the standard W.2.1. You could also use their writing as a tool to guide future writing lessons or as evidence that the student has met the standard.
Here is what you will receive in this pack:
1. A letter to parents letting them know about Star of the Week. I laminate (so I can reuse every week) and place the page inside a folder with a brown paper bag and their All About Me poster.
2. The All About Me printable you could use as their poster.
3. What to do if a student doesn’t return the Star of the Week materials? I have included 2 pages you could add to your bulletin board. We take turns “interviewing” the student by asking the questions on these two pages.
4. Bulletin Board materials for creating your Star of the Week bulletin board.
5. Tips for Getting Started With Your Star of the Week Book
6. Star of the Week Book-Resources to Use Throughout the Year
Success Criteria Checklist: This checklist integrates 2nd grade common core standards: W.2.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. L2.2.B: Use commas in greetings and closings of letters. L1.2.C: Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series. (I’ve included this standard because my students usually need a review of commas in dates). Many other standards can be incorporated into a mini lesson each week, but are not included on the success criteria.
Linking Words: A poster that could be used as an anchor chart for students to refer to, as part of your Star of the Week bulletin board, or copied for students to keep in their writing folder.
Synonym Reference Page-These included synonyms for some overused words such as nice, smart, and like. The blank lines are for you to add your own synonyms if you want to.
Sample Letters- The sample letters can be used as one lesson or a series of mini lessons. I give students one of the sample letters (usually they work in groups of 3 with a reader, presenter, and success criteria monitor). The students work together to decide if it is a good or bad example of a letter for our Star of the Week book. The reader reads the letter, the success criteria monitor helps the group discuss if the letter does or does not meet the success criteria (success criteria is what the letter needs to have to meet the target and the success criteria checklist is after the sample letters), and the presenter shares with the whole class what their group thought of the letter.
Cover Page for Book: I let the Star of the Week color and decorate their cover while we work on their letters for inside the book.
Letter Format Page: I copy a page for each student to complete.
The first letter format page is what I start with. The two formats that follow are ones for students who need extra support. I also included one students might be ready to use as the year goes along. Each paragraph should focus on one opinion and give at least 2 supporting reasons.
Sentence Starters-A page of sentences starters for students who may need extra support or to use as an anchor chart when starting your books.
7. Once each student has finished their letter, I staple the book together with a piece of construction paper (Star of the Week picks the color) on the front and back. You could bind the book as well.