Writing used to be one of my least favorite things to teach until I began adding in the element of choice during writing time. I find that adding a little choice in what my kiddos get to write about goes a long way in the first and second grade motivation department. I also know that with the Common Core, my kiddlets need to be learning the skills to composing Opinion, Narrative, and Informational/Expository pieces. So I started merging the two – Choice + Focused Types and ended up with this:
There are 24 writing prompt cards in this pack that I set out in my writing center for my kids to pick from. Of the 24 prompts there are 6- Narrative, 6-Opinion, 6-Informative/Explanatory, and 6- Creative prompts. (If you’re thinking– Hey, woah, hold the phone!? Creative isn’t part of that Common Core!! — you’re right. But it’s still an area in which my students perform some of their best writing and let their imaginations run free while still focusing on mechanics, organization, and voice, so I keep it in the mix!) The kids are allowed to pick any card they want while they are at the Writing Station BUT, they know they need to pick a different type of writing card each time. So if they worked on an Opinion card last time, this time they need to work on a Narrative, Informative, or Creative.I keep laminated colored cards at the Writing Station but there are also black and white versions of every cards that can be cut out and pasted into notebooks.