When Writing Strikes Writing Centers are the perfect way for your students to practice writing in a hands-on, cooperative way. Ac-activities are designed to help students enhance their abilities to write creatively, use figurative language, compare and contrast, design a plot-line with an underlying theme, and use complete sentences with striking word choice. Your students will continue to develop skills and begin to master the Common Core Writing Standards before your very eyes!
Common Core Alignment p. 3
Writing Center 1 p. 4
This center allows students to catch a striking idea by looking through wordless picture books such as The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg or Tuesday by David Wiesner.
Writing Center 2 pp. 5-6
Using the children’s book Max and Ruby in Pandora’s Box by Rosemary Wells, students will create a Venn Diagram and write a compare and contrast essay based on additional research on the Pandora’s Box Myth.
Writing Center 3 pp.7-9
Designing a plot with a theme can be somewhat challenging for young writ-ers. Students will use picture books such as A Bad Case of the Stripes by Da-vid Shannon or Edward in Deep Water by Rosemary Wells to strike them with an idea to get them started.
Writing Center 4 pp.10-11
This entertaining but purposeful grammar game allows students to practice using a variety of types of parts of speech to create complete sentences.
Writing Center 5 pp. 12-13
This center has students “borrowing” striking adjectives, adverbs, and phrases from a variety of other sources and using them in their own writing as they create imagery.
By Danielle Vanek
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