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