Independent Writing Activity Bundle – Emergency Plans


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Do you need independent writing activities for emergency sub plans, summer packets, blizzard bags, or enrichment?

This is a bundle of three independent writing activities appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting. Each assignment is designed to take 1-2 hours and reviews different skills. The three assignments are:

1. TV Episode Review – Students watch an episode of a TV show and review it critically, analyzing plot and conflict.

2. Song Portfolio – Students analyze a common theme across three songs.

3. How-to Article – Students write a procedural article.

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Here are some ideas for using these activities:

*Beach Bag (rising 7-8)*

Many teachers combat summer slide, or the skills students lose over a summer of not reading or writing. A beach bag is a take-home activity designed to reconnect students to their analysis skills from the school year.

*Blizzard Bag (6-8)*

Many districts are designating eLearning days as a way to keep students connected to the classroom in heavy winter weather. A blizzard bag is an independent activity that uses classroom skills. This activity is graded like a normal assignment.

*Enrichment (6-9)*

Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.

What you get for each activity:
-A suggested lesson plan
-A task sheet/brainstorming page
-A prewriting activity
-A final draft template
-A self-evaluation rubric
-Teacher’s Rubric

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