This is a totem pole writing activity I used for my 6th graders during our Canada unit. We read about totem poles and then brainstormed which animals would be on their totem if they had one. I had them choose five. I had most of the students just free-write about their animals but made the other sheet with the sentence frames to differentiate for my ELL students. After they did the writing, I did an art project where students drew their totems they had described.