Creative and unique ideas to help your students better their writing. Based on the 6 traits of writing, this packet has many different activities to improve writing. Writing prompts included as well, after each set of activities.
One of the many activities in this file:
Show! Don’t Tell: Trying to get students to describe a moment rather than just tell about it, is difficult. I walk out into the hall and then return a few moments later. When I come back into the classroom, I am very angry. I write “NO RECESS!” on the board and glare at the students. After letting the students panic for a second or two, I explain it was all pretend. The students then brainstorm a list of descriptive words and phrases that captured the scene. Using those details, we craft a whole-class description that “shows” the anger while I write it out on chart paper. I remind them they could have simply written “The teacher was mad.”