Why We Write: A Guide to Independent Creative Writing

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Standards
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Pages
51 pages
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Description

Why We Write is a creative writing unit that will get your students writing in different styles for different audiences. Walk your student through the process of creative writing, from brainstorming, to editing, to publishing, for 5 different styles of writing. The lesson and activities focus on 5 different reasons why people write and provides students with the skills to explore those writing styles in a meaningful and creative way.

Works great for in-class or independent-remote learning.

4-6 weeks of learning!

  • Week 1 - Lesson & writing activities. Interactive lesson is 23 slides and takes 20-45 minutes to complete, (depending on how much discussion takes place). Activities can be done in the classes following the lesson.
  • Weeks 2-6 - Writing, editing, publishing and reflecting on 5 pieces of writing.

The preview has 20 pages of pictures and screen shots of the activity.

Includes:

  • 51 slide Easel Activity
  • Student notes handout to accompany lesson, (teaches students how to take notes)
  • 3 activities that help students brainstorm and develop writing ideas
  • Creative writing checklist - keeps track of students' writing in 5 different styles
  • Creative writing prompts, (in case they are still stuck)
  • Success criteria for editing
  • Templates for some very different styles of writing, (news, advertisement, comic strip, 'about us' section of a website,)
  • Self-assessment checklist, (can be used for any future writing)
  • Rubric
  • Example answers to activities

Easel Activity Includes:

  • Full interactive lesson that can be done independently
  • Brainstorming and writing activities with examples and answers
  • Success criteria
  • Templates, (with writing prompts)
  • Self assessment checklist
  • Tons of ideas to get students started
  • Record sheet to keep track of independent writing
  • Rubric
  • 51 slides in all

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Total Pages
51 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 month
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

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