Composition is difficult for many students and teachers. Finding fresh ways to inspire a reluctant writer is challenging. Lists of "writing prompts" exist in abundance, but too many prove to be tedious, time-consuming projects that fail to motivate. This packet is meant to inspire a bit of enthusiasm and a love for writing in your budding writers.. at the same time, teaching a step-by-step approach to the writing process that can be carried over to future projects.
The packet begins with a Contents sheet listing the 15 titles/writing projects contained in the packet. Each of the 15 projects consists of the following six sheets:
1) A Title Page
2) A Student Checklist reminding students of things to keep in mind before they begin their rough draft.. and to check again before they call their final draft "finished". This checklist has been kept reasonably short (10 items) to avoid students "tuning out", as happens with many of the usual very long checklists.
3) A Graphic Organizer presenting the student with a situation/question on which to write, an organizer geared to that writing project. This organizer, with border and art, helps students develop thoughts and sequencing before beginning a rough draft. Feel free to alter, or use your own.
4) A "Rough Draft" page to use before writing the final draft. It repeats the same situation/question at the top of the page, with ruled writing space below- and a reminder to check the 10-point checklist before beginning the final draft. This same page (or the back) can be used as an additional second, third, etc. rough draft page for those needing more space.
5) A "Final Draft" page serves as the first page of the student's final draft. The title, with its expanded situation/question appears again at the top of the page, with writing space below enhanced with border and art to help motivate.
6) Optional additional page(s) for the student's final draft - an abbreviated version of sheet 4.. for any student who has more to write than space allows on the first page. It also helps to accommodate multiple writing levels. Writing areas on both sheets 5 and 6 are ruled and have side margins.