Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back to School Common Core Writing

Use writer's workshop to interview friends and make a classbook

Where did summer go?  I know, it's hard to believe that summer is winding down already.  It seems that we were just getting out of summer school.  I have one week until the first day of school and I can feel it coming fast!

When students get back to school they are full of stories and all the new adventures they had over the summertime.  A friend interview is a fun way to get students back into the groove of writing plus allow them to tell about themselves!

An important skill in writing, but a difficult transition for some, is to be able to go from asking questions to using the information gained from the questions into statements that build into a paragraph.  A way to practice this is with the friend interview in a writer's workshop model.  

This packet is aligned to the common core & contains pre-made questions for a back to school or anytime interview.  I have also included 4 sets of interview question sheets for differentiating from grades 1-3
2 types of rough draft paper
2 types of final draft paper
1 illustration page
3 alternative covers

Back to School writing activity for writer's workshop

Once the interviews are completed, bind the interviews together and make a class book-3 different covers are included.  It is sure to become one of the favorite books in your class!! 

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