Last year, I earned a Master's Degree in Literacy. My final project was to make something for my classroom that would help me teach writing. After reading tons of research and professional books on writing, I decided to make an interactive Writing Resource for my students. We used a writing resource last year that was NOT interactive- it was just pages of information- and the students hardly ever referred to it. My students use this every day as a reference as to what great writers do. And it truly helps their writing.
This is a ready-to-print interactive writing resource booklet for teachers who focus on personal narrative writing. The pages are set up so that you can send the PDF to your printing department and have them printed on 11x17 paper (four pages on a sheet) and folded into a stapled booklet. The pages in this booklet will be a treasured reference to your writers- students prefer referring to interactive resources rather than boring handouts!
There are 11 unique interactive pages included:
1. Title Page
2. Parts of Speech Page: Fill these out throughout the year after reading different Words are Categorical books.
3. Quick Comic Prewriting Page (SO much better than a four square)
4. Juicy Adjectives Page: Read Thesaurus Rex- Have teams brainstorm better adjectives for the listed words after introducing the Thesaurus.
5. Juicy Verbs Page Read To Root, To Toot, To Parachute and have teams brainstorm and share better verbs.
6. Figurative Language Page: There are MANY books you could use before filling out each of these pages. EX: Crazy as a Fox: A Simile Story
7. BaDaBing Descriptive Sentences Page: As a class, discuss each type of sentence, then generate them together to add to the resource.
8. Hooks: Discuss each type- then take example sentences from different students to add to the resource.
9. Memorable Endings: Discuss each type- then take example sentences from different students to add to the resource.10.
10.Transition Sets: Brainstorm and fill in as a class!
11. Word of the Day Glossary Pages (enough for 144 words: 6 words per page) I use Word of the Day as a writing warm up- we use vocabulary words from our Reading Basal and they try to use those Juicy Words during their writing.
See the preview file for a closer look! Check out my blog for picture books to use in teaching your minilessons!