Sunday, February 12, 2017

Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks

Would you like to fight writer's block with a piece that is seasonal, includes figurative language, and gives students a choice of their topic?  Then this Winter Creative Writing Using Story Sparks unit is for you!


Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit

Some of the mentor texts I use as read-alouds:


Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit



Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit



Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit



We collect adjectives, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and quotes we would like to use on our own writing on anchor charts as we read.

After we've created our anchor charts, I introduce the Winter Creative Writing Story Sparks and students choose their writing topic.


Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit



Next, we review the rubric and graphic organizer to help guide our writing.  


Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit


Before I meet with small groups, I go over the editing checklist below and how to be a good buddy editor.  


Winter Creative Writing: Story Sparks writing prompts unit


As I meet with groups, the other students are looking at mentor texts, filling out their organizers, and editing their peers.

Easy and so much fun!  


If you'd like to pick up a full copy of the unit plans, click here.


Do you use choice boards or story sparks in your writing block?  I'd love to hear how!









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