Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Writing: "What I Am Thankful For..." {PLUS FREEBIE}

Thanksgiving, and even the entire month of November, is the perfect time to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives and all the things we are thankful for. Each year in my classroom, I spend some time with my students discussing the things they are thankful for, and I usually have them complete some type of activity. Recently, we've been focusing on the writing process and writing essays. This was the perfect opportunity for my students to practice these skills with a topic that is important and meaningful to them.
We started the process with brainstorming. My students created webs of all the things they were thankful for. In the beginning, I gave them about 10 minutes to reflect on their own. Then I gave them time to share their ideas with others and add to their web.
Next, my students had to narrow their topic by choosing the six most important things that they were thankful for. I emphasized the importance of choosing things that they would be able to write a lot about. They then wrote reasons, details, and examples for each item.
Finally it was time for them to start writing. They used the essay organizer to write an introduction, three body paragraphs (about three things they were thankful for), and a conclusion. When these were done, they got their red (or pink) pens out for some revising and editing. {I am so proud of how much my kiddos are growing with this step!!}
The final step of this process was writing their final drafts. They added illustrations, outlined their paragraphs, and added detail to the page. I was so proud of the entire process and how nice they turned out. To finish them off, we stapled all 4 pages onto a piece of construction paper to document the entire process. I was so pleased to read about the things they chose to write about. I am almost done reading them, and I haven't read one that mentions video games!!
The pages for this writing assignment can be found as a FREEBIE at my TpT store, along with a Thanksgiving Roll-a-Story!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful (and thankful) November!!