Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards

Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Writing with Details Halloween Task Cards
Grade Levels
Common Core Standards
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  1. Teach your students to add a variety of details in their writing. These task cards are perfect for adding a different center rotation in your writing workshop each month for a full year, and they can also be used as a whole class activity. Each task card provides a topic sentence, and students mus
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Product Description

Use these engaging Halloween writing prompts as a center rotation in your writers workshop for middle school or as a whole class lesson. Practice elaboration strategies by writing with a variety of specific details as students brainstorm about fun and relevant topics.

Each task card provides a Halloween-themed topic sentence. Students must research or use their imagination to list three concrete supporting details that could be used in a narrative, expository, or argumentative paragraph with that topic sentence. (Some writing prompts are also appropriate for students who don't celebrate Halloween.)

Product Features

  • Slideshow presentation with example sentences
  • Introducing the SAFE-Q mnemonic for concrete details (sensory language, anecdote, facts & figures, figurative language, example, quotation)
  • Formatted for a whole class lesson or writing center rotation activity
  • 12 task cards with topic sentence writing prompts
  • Worksheet for citation of sources with example bibliographic entry
  • Assessment options include checklist or standards-based learning scales
  • Includes low-ink and no-prep otions


This zipped folder includes 2 PDF files: a teacher packet and a slideshow presentation.

Teacher Packet

2 - Table of Contents

3 - Tips for Use

4 - Presentation Layout and Navigation

5-7 - Display Posters for Writing Center

8-10 - Writing Task Cards, color

11-13 - Writing Task Cards, black and white

14 - Mini Anchor Chart graphic organizer for student notebooks

15 - Answer Recording Sheet

16 - Answer Recording Sheet, no-prep use without task cards

17 - Cite Your Sources Recording Sheet

18 - Rubric Checklist

19-21 - Standards-based Learning Scales for 5th - 7th grades

22 - Terms of Use


1 - Title Slide

2 - What is SAFE-Q

3 - Sensory Language (Imagery)

4 - Anecdotes

5 - Facts and Figures

6 - Figurative Language

7 - Examples

8 - Quotations

9 - Instructions for completing the task card writing activity

Tips for Using this Writing with Details Lesson

Teach 150+ students? I've added a lower-ink version for a whole class assignment that doesn't require the task cards--just print a class set and have students write in their own notebooks or on looseleaf paper!

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This resource is part of my Month-by-Month Elaborate with Details writing center task card bundle.


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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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