Students write a procedural (“how to”) article. This informational writing activity has been heavily scaffolded so that students can complete it on their own or in partners. This independent writing activity is perfect for emergency sub plans, summer packets, blizzard bags, or enrichment.This is a great “free choice” activity to practice informational writing. It is appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting.
What you get:
1. A scaffolded analysis of model tutorials
2. A brainstorming and prewriting activity
3. A final draft template
4. A self-evaluation rubric
5. Teacher’s rubric
6. Model tutorial: “Lizard Scales”
7. Digital version
Here are some ideas for using this activity:
*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 (6-7)*
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.
Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.
-Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task (W.7.4)
-Organize information, ideas, and concepts (W.7.2.A)
-Develop writing with concrete examples (W.7.2.B)
-Use domain-specific vocabulary (W.7.2.D)
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If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you!
-Danielle @ Nouvelle ELA