This powerful Thanksgiving writing activity guides students through the entire writing process. As they plan their personal narratives, students build skills for Common Core State Standards W.3.3, W.4.3, and W.5.3 by establishing the setting, creating a clear sequence of events, using dialogue and descriptions, employing transitional words and phrases, choosing powerful words, and writing conclusions. Thanksgiving Writing includes:
• Teacher Directions – Three pages of directions explain how to use the resources. Teachers may pick and choose or use them all.
• Student Planning Pages – Seven student planning pages guide students in developing the setting and characters, improving word choice, using dialogue effectively, describing, ordering and transitioning, concluding, and writing a good hook.
• Thanksgiving Thesaurus – This four-page student thesaurus was specially designed for this activity. When printed back-to-back and folded, it makes a handy guide to help students with word choice, including specific nouns, active verbs, sensory words, adjectives, and figurative language.
• Themed Writing Paper – A lined sheet of paper with a pilgrim’s hat at the top of the page is available to print for the students’ final drafts.
• Student Editing Checklist – Written in student-friendly terms, this comprehensive writing checklist may be used for editing during a writing conference with the teacher, with peers, or independently.
• Rubric – Also written specifically for this activity, the rubric directly corresponds to the student editing checklist.
Common Core State Standards Addressed:
Grade 3 – L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.3.5, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6
Grade 4 – L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.4.5, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6
Grade 5 – L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.3, L.5.5, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.6
Additional writing activities written by Brenda Kovich:
Persuasive Writing: You Should Try It!
Halloween Writing: The Best-Dressed Witch
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