Students will think about Thanksgiving.
They will write an informational paragraph that explains what they are thankful for.
Then they will create a narrative story about Thanksgiving or Fall. As they describe the characters and setting in their story, they should think about Thanksgiving or Fall.
They could write a story about Thanksgiving Day OR they could write a story that describes how characters learn to be thankful.
Some students may choose to write a narrative by telling a story about something that happened to them. Many times, it is easier for a child to tell a story about something they’ve already done. Then they can add fiction details to their story. You could also decide to make this a personal narrative about something that really did happen to the students.
This is a great time to talk about fiction vs non-fiction. You can also talk about text structure as you complete the informational paragraph and the narrative. You could also put all of the thankful paragraphs together into a class newspaper.
Students will also write a poem about Thanksgiving after they think about the sensory details of Thanksgiving.
You could also have the students create their own book using their article, their narrative, and their poem. You could put construction paper on the front and back and staple it or you could bind each book.
You could also have students use the sensory details from their poem organizers to create a descriptive paragraph.
Student Planning Sheet – page 4
Grading Rubric for Thanksgiving Project- page 5
Main Idea Organizer (blank)- page 6
Informational Article Writing Paper-page 7-8
Story Organizer – page 9
Sequence Organizer for Thanksgiving or Fall Story- page 10-11
Story Writing Paper- page 12-13
Poem organizing pages-pages 14-15
Other choices of writing paper- pages 16-22