Students will write a holiday story in the "A to Z" format for this creative writing activity (grades 7-9).
An A to Z story means that the first sentence begins with an A, the second with a B, the third with a C and so on. There are a few allowances made for the more difficult letters, as well.
Students can get into such a rut, writing simple sentences and taking few risks. The goal of this writing activity is for students to stretch and build their sentence fluency skills, word choice ability and organization in writing. Note: These skills are more important than the student with a 100% correctly written A to Z (although it can be done!).
-3 ideas to hook your students into this lesson and the printable resources required for each
-A story writing rubric for assessment
-A student assignment sheet
-A graphic organizer to help organize the story
-A chart of 60 "A" words to help out with getting started
-A list of 10 ideas for holiday stories
-An example of an A to Z holiday story to model the format. You can use this as a read aloud with your class, although there is sensitive content - a mother with cancer.
-A demonstration of a sentence that has been re-written 26 times - once for each letter of the alphabet, to show students how to creatively adjust wording, but maintain the meaning.
-6 A to Z improv cards for an optional intro activity
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Teacher-Author: Krystal Mills
writing activity, sentence fluency, word choice, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9