It can be so tough to make time for creative writing in our standard-filled day. Here’s a great way to incorporate weekly creative writing! 36 writing prompts provided (one per week) with a language goal to go with it!
This is how I use it, but there are many ways to implement the “Think Book” in your classroom!
1. Each student will need to pick one notebook that will be their “think book” for the year.
2. Each Monday, you will post the “Think Book Question of the Week” and the “Think Book Goal of the Week” (or students can cut and paste it into their think books! All goals align to the common core standards!
3. Students will have the week to write a response to the question of the week in their think book, keeping the goal in mind. They can use early finisher-time, guided reading, or time at home to work on it, or any other time that works in your classroom.
4. On Thursdays, students will turn in their think book, and you will quickly check that they completed their response. You can also see how they did on the goal of the week if there is a particular standard that you are keeping an eye on with a particular student!
5. On Friday, hand back the “Think Book” and have students bring it home. There, they show it to their parents or guardians. If their parents/guardians can write a quick response back, that’s even better!
6. Students are to bring the “Think Book” back on Monday, where they’ll start that week’s question.
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