Story Maps for Differentiated Learning: A story map works as a strategy to help students learn the elements of writing. There are many different types of story maps. The most basic story maps focus on the beginning, middle, and end of the story. More advanced story maps focus more on plot or character traits. Students with learning differences often do best with visual story maps, to organize thoughts for writing. Some students are very expressive, but have difficulty organizing thoughts in a concrete, logical order. Story maps help channel thoughts into more organized content. Some students express few words, have trouble with spelling, and write on their spelling level versus their cognitive level. Story maps, with word banks, help students use more challenging words. Some of the story maps included in this file have descriptive word banks to help students do higher level writing. Using a hand held spell checker will also help these students use higher level words.
Story Maps for Differentiated Learning. This file contains story maps for simple to more complex writing activities using story maps, visual organizers. The file also contains reference sheets for descriptive adjectives for character traits, as well as transition words. There is also a reference sheet for vivid verbs/strong verbs. The reference sheets are embedded within a story map, but can be printed and put in a binder to use with all story maps. The story maps are designed to be generic, to use with any topic. However, there are several projects included in the file.
Finally, each type of story map, has a proofing checklist to check off as a student edits, before turning in the story map.
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This product is one of the highest level writing templates/activities within my store. It is designed for 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade learners, or older learners who are working at or around the latter half of 1st grade, through 3rd grade. If you need simpler files just for writing and composing sentences for differentiated learners, please see below:
Below are some of the picture/word sentences on TPT, in various types of activities:
Turkeys Themed - Silly Sentences - Writing Word Banks/Warm-ups
Writing Sentences: Read, Circle and Write Sentences FALL KIDS THEMED
Differentiated Writing: Apple Kids Themed
Writing - FALL CUT AND WRITE Sentences with Dolch sight words!
Writing: Ocean Sea Animals Cut and Write Word/Picture Sentences
Handwriting: Valentine Cut Glue and Write Picture Word Sentence for Center Time
Handwriting: Picture Word Sentences for Special Needs Writing Practice
Autism and Special Education: TWEEN Picture/Word Circle and Write Sentences
Holiday/Winter Circle, Draw and Write Sentences with Word Pictures
Handwriting: Spring Themed Circle and Write Picture Word Sentences
Picture Word Sentences for K - 1st or Special Education - MONSTER THEMED!
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