Get your students up, moving, and improving their writing! In this summer-themed writing activity, students scoot through eight stations where they employ simple strategies to improve a narrative text, “The Water Balloon Fight.”
• Directions for the teacher
• Narrative text (two versions)
• Eight cards (each with a proven strategy, suggestions, and examples): Varying Sentence Beginnings, Varying Sentence Types, Varying Sentence Lengths, Choosing Words for Effect, Using Figurative Language, Using Active Verbs, Adding Details, Using Transition Words
• Themed stationery for writing final paragraph
• Self-check sheet for the student
• Rubric for the teacher
You will receive two files, color and grayscale.
The writing improvement cards may be used in school, during summer school, or at home. Each card can stand alone to drive a lesson, but they were designed to get students up and moving. Setting up stations, or a “scoot,” works best for me.
• Arrange editing stations around the room. You can use all eight or select the strategies your students need most.
• Provide one or more thesaurus, especially at the word choice and verbs stations.
• Give each student or group the narrative text, “The Water Balloon Fight,” or let them use their own stories.
• The number of improvements made at each station is up to you. Here’s where you might differentiate; for example, three changes for advanced writers and two for average.
• Put the students in groups. Assign each group to a station.
• Rotate groups through stations. (They’ll probably need five to ten minutes per station.)
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Common Core State Standards for Writing W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5 – Editing Writing
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