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Unformatted text preview: to State Grades 2–4 Correlated Standards • 65 activities that provide a variety of creative writing practice • 11 types of writing e periences incl ding EMC 206 REVISED EDITION Ideas The Bear d n a s m a re st g in sh ru o tw d I’ve crosse st. re o f is th in e e tr r e th o ry sniffed eve ble a b o g to d e p p o st I , y a w e Along th le of d n u b a st ju m I’ s. ie rr e b few wild y e n o h a t a th w o n k I . n o ti furry frustra here. w e m so re e h d n u ro a is e tre E- bo ok • Riddles s • Cartoon es i r o t S e p • Sha ers t r a t S y r • Sto tive p i r c s e D • hs Paragrap Thank you for purchasing an Evan-Moor e-book! Attention Acrobat Reader Users: In order to use this e-book you need to have Adobe Reader 8 or higher. To download Adobe Reader for free, visit . Using This E-book This e-book can be used in a variety of ways to enrich your classroom instruction. You can: • engage students by projecting this e-book onto an interactive whiteboard • save paper by printing out only the pages you need • find what you need by performing a keyword search … and much more! For helpful teaching suggestions and creative ideas on how you can use the features of this e-book to enhance your classroom instruction, visit . User Agreement With the purchase of Evan-Moor electronic materials, you are granted a single-user license which entitles you to use or duplicate the content of this electronic book for use within your classroom or home only. Sharing materials or making copies for additional individuals or schools is prohibited. Evan-Moor Corporation retains full intellectual property rights on all its products, and these rights extend to electronic editions of books. If you would like to use this Evan-Moor e-book for additional purposes not outlined in the single-user license (described above), please visit copyright.aspx for an Application to Use Copyrighted Materials form. Visit to view a correlation of this book’s activities to your state’s standards. This is a free service. What? • 11 types of writing experiences • 65 activities that inspire student writing • Delightfully illustrated writing forms • Easy-to-follow teaching instructions Why? • Supports differentiated instruction • Encourages creative thinking • Provides resources for prewriting and publishing student work • Can be used for guided or independent writing Editorial Development: Joy Evans Marilyn Evans Jo Ellen Moore Leslie Sorg Andrea Weiss Copy Editing: Cathy Harber Art Direction: Cheryl Puckett Cover Design: David Price Cover Illustration: Nathan Y. Jarvis Illustration: Don Robison Design/Production: Carolina Caird John D. Williams EMC 206 Congratulations on your purchase of some of the finest teaching materials in the world. Photocopying the pages in this book is permitted for single-classroom g use onlyy. Making photocopies for additional classes or schools is prohibited. For information about other Evan-Moor products, call 1-800-777-4362, fax 1-800-777-4332, or visit our Web site, . Entire contents © 2009 EVAN-MOOR CORP. Original edition © 1997. 18 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-5746. Printed in USA. Correlated to State Standards Visit teaching-standards.com to view a correlation of this book’s activities to your state’s standards. This is a free service. Contents Using This Book .................................................................................. 2 Shape Stories ........................................................................................ 3 Draw and Write ................................................................................... 10 Riddles ................................................................................................. 15 Sequence and Write .............................................................................. 20 Fill in the Missing Words ..................................................................... 33 Story Starters ........................................................................................ 38 Cartoons .............................................................................................. 49 Descriptive Paragraphs ......................................................................... 56 Writing Directions ............................................................................... 69 Letter Writing ...................................................................................... 82 Poetry................................................................................................... 89 Using This Book The easy-to-use activities in Creative Writing Ideas are just the springboards that students need to develop their writing. The forms in this book provide opportunities for creative expression and a way to engage students in the writing and revision process. Remember that it is extremely diff icult to “just sit down and write.” But the motivating lessons and writing prompts in this book will help students generate the vocabulary, ideas, and enthusiasm needed in order to begin a writing task. There are several ways that you can help your students enjoy the writing process and develop their creative writing skills: • Prewriting After selecting an activity, allow ample time for idea generation. Ask questions that stimulate thinking and discussion, such as: “What do you think will happen next?” “Is something funny or frustrating going to happen?” “How would you feel if this happened to you?” “How would your character react to that?” • Drafting Remember that creative writing is not just an outlet for personal expression; it is also a chance to foster creative and critical thinking. So push students, and encourage them to push themselves, beyond their initial or nonsensical ideas. Meet with students throughout this stage of the process to give them individual attention. • Revising and Editing Creative writing does not mean “anything goes.” It is an excellent opportunity to focus on the traits of good writing, including conventions (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.). Help students learn to think critically about writing by asking more prompting questions or incorporating a writer’s workshop or peer review. But before you have students share any writing, teach them to have and show respect for each other’s work. Teach them how to listen respectfully and openly, and how to give and accept true constructive criticism. Even young students can do this effectively with enough modeling and support. • Publishing While not all instances of writing need to be published, publishing creative writing often encourages students to show their excitement and pride in their own writing. Many of the activities in this book make publishing fun and easy—from shape books to cartoons to poetry. 2 Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Shape Stories This section of Creative Writing Ideas features six shape story forms, with a word box included on each form. The Bear You may choose to reproduce multiple copies of the same form for students who are ready to write longer stories, or use the form as a template to cut writing paper. Use the prompts below to stimulate a prewriting discussion for each form. You may also want students to brainstorm additional words to add to the word box. The Bear (Page 4) Think about this: 1. Describe how I look. 2. Where can you f ind me? 3. Name some foods I like. 4. What can I do? The Planet (Page 5) Think about this: 1. What is the name of this planet? 2. What is the weather like? 3. What grows here? 4. Are there any animals on this planet? 5. What can happen on this planet? The Whale (Page 6) Think about this: 1. Describe my size, shape, and color. 2. What else is special about how I look? 3. In what kinds of places can you f ind me? 4. How many kinds of whales do you know about? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas The Spaceship (Page 7) Think about this: 1. What shape am I? 2. What am I made of ? 3. What would you need to take to travel in me? 4. Where can I go? The Elephant (Page 8) Think about this: 1. What do I look like? 2. Where do I live? 3. What kinds of food do I eat? 4. What are some of the things I can do? The Shoe (Page 9) Think about this: 1. What does your shoe look like? 2. What is it made of ? 3. Where did it come from? 4. What can you do while wearing this shoe? SHAPE STORIES 3  SHAPE STORIES Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: The Bear Word Box wild claw furry climb honey forest stream berries awkward © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SHAPE STORIES  Name: The Planet Word Box frozen desert marsh stormy oceans weather universe creatures solar system 6 SHAPE STORIES Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: The Whale Word Box dive ocean baleen migrate breathe blubber gigantic mammal blowhole immense © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SHAPE STORIES  Name: The Spaceship Word Box liftoff shuttle metallic universe astronaut weightless exploration outer space atmosphere  SHAPE STORIES Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: The Elephant Word Box huge India tusks Africa rough f loppy heavy jungle wrinkled © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SHAPE STORIES  Word Box toe sole heel laces tread plastic leather canvas bounce Name: The Shoe Draw and Write This section of Creative Writing Ideas provides four lessons in which students follow drawing steps and answer questions about the drawing. The purpose is to stimulate imagination and to serve as a springboard to writing a story. Have students follow the steps to complete a drawing in the space provided. Then have them add details to make the drawing more interesting. Have students answer the questions at the bottom of the page as a f irst step in writing a story. Their answers will serve as the basic plot of their stories. On a separate sheet of paper, have students write short stories about their drawings. Name: Name: 1 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? 2 3 1 4 A whale swam in the ocean as it migrated to find food Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? DRAW AND WRITE 11 © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? 2 DRAW AND WRITE 4 A yapping poodle jumped on its owner in the hallway at 5 o’clock it wanted dinner 12 DRAW AND WRITE 3 1 4 The last dinosaur hid in a shed October 25, 2009 to hide from scientists © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas 10 3 Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Name: 1 2 2 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? DRAW AND WRITE 13 14 DRAW AND WRITE 3 4 A metallic robot beeped and flashed in the scientist’s laboratory late one night its batteries were charged Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: 1 2 3 4 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas DRAW AND WRITE 11 Name: 1 2 3 4 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? 12 DRAW AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: 1 2 3 4 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas DRAW AND WRITE 13 Name: 1 2 3 4 Who or what? Did what? Where? When? Why? 1 DRAW AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Riddles This section of Creative Writing Ideas offers four fun riddle-writing activities. When students decide on a topic for each activity, prompt further ideas by asking the questions listed below. Lunchbox Riddle (Page 17) • What does it look like? • How does it taste? • How does it smell? • When do you usually eat it? Name: • a brown lunch bag • any object that will f it in the bag • the riddle form at the bottom of this page Steps to follow: 1. Get the bag and object. 2. Put the object into the bag and close it. 3. Write your riddle on the riddle form. • What is the size, shape, and color of the object? • What is it made of ? • How is it used? • Where might you f ind it? 4. Cut and glue the riddle form onto the brown bag. 5. Bring it to school. 6. Share the riddle with someone. Brown Bag Riddle Name: Lunchbox Riddle 1. Think about your lunch. • How does it look? • How does it taste? • Where do you usually eat it? 16 RIDDLES 2. Write your riddle on the lunchbox. 3. Cut out the lunchbox and fold it on the lines. fold 4. Draw a picture of the mystery food inside the lunchbox. Name: 5. Color the lunchbox. Animal Pop-up 1. Write a riddle about an 4. Cut out and fold the pop-up animal. form. Fold and cut the pop-up tab. • What does it look like? • Where does it live? • What does it eat? • What can it do? 2. Draw your answer in the box. 3. Cut out the riddle and answer. 5. Push the tab through with your f inger. 6. Glue the answer to the tab. 7. Fold the pop-up closed and glue the riddle on the outside. 6. Share your riddle with a friend. fold Riddle: Lunchbox Riddle This belongs to: RIDDLES Answer: © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas 17 fold Name: 18 RIDDLES Can You Guess Who I Am? Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. 1. Think about a person. It can be someone you know or someone famous. Write a riddle about the person. 2. Draw the answer to your riddle in the box labeled “Surprise!” Cut on the dotted line and fold to hide the answer. How do es the person How do look? es the person Tell so act? mething about the pe special rson. Who Am I? cut Surprise! fold Can You Guess Who I Am? (Page 19) • How does this person look? • Describe the behavior of this person, or tell an activity he or she can do. • What is unique about this person? • When and where did this person live? • Write about: yourself a classmate a family member someone from a movie or from TV a character from a story someone from history a sports f igure a teacher Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Animal Pop-up (Page 18) • What is its physical appearance? • Where does it live? • What does it eat? • What can it do? • Does it make a sound? • Do humans use it in any way? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas Brown Bag Riddle You will need: Write your riddle here. Brown Bag Riddle (Page 16) • What is its size? • What is its shape? • What color is it? • What is it made of ? • Where might you f ind it? Fold this over to hide your answer. © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas RIDDLES 19 RIDDLES 1 Name: Brown Bag Riddle You will need: • a brown lunch bag • any object that will f it in the bag • the riddle form at the bottom of this page Steps to follow: 1. Get the bag and object. 2. Put the object into the bag and close it. 3. Write your riddle on the riddle form. • What is the size, shape, and color of the object? • What is it made of ? • How is it used? • Where might you f ind it? 4. Cut and glue or tape the riddle form onto the brown bag. 5. Bring it to school. 6. Share the riddle with someone. Brown Bag Riddle 16 RIDDLES Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Lunchbox Riddle 1. Think about your lunch. • How does it look? • How does it taste? • Where do you usually eat it? 2. Write your riddle on the lunchbox. 3. Cut out the lunchbox and fold it on the lines. fold 4. Draw a picture of the mystery food inside the lunchbox. 5. Color the lunchbox. 6. Share your riddle with a friend. Write your riddle here. fold Lunchbox Riddle This belongs to: © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas RIDDLES 1 Name: Animal Pop-up 1. Write a riddle about an 4. Cut out and fold the pop-up animal. form. Fold and cut the pop-up tab. • What does it look like? • Where does it live? • What does it eat? • What can it do? 2. Draw your answer in the box. 3. Cut out the riddle and answer. 5. Push the tab through with your f inger. 6. Glue the answer to the tab. 7. Fold the pop-up closed and glue the riddle on the outside. Riddle: Answer: Name: fold 1 RIDDLES Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Can You Guess Who I Am? 1. Think about a person. It can be someone you know or someone famous. Write a riddle about the person. 2. Draw the answer to your riddle in the box labeled “Surprise!” Cut on the dotted line and fold to hide the answer. How d oes th e pers on look oes th ? e pers Tell so on act ? m about ething spec ial the pe rson. How d Who Am I? cut Surprise! fold Fold this over to hide your answer. © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas RIDDLES 1 Sequence and Write In this section of Creative Writing Ideas, students put pictures in the correct order and then write a paragraph about each picture to create a complete story. These exercises help students tell a story in a sensible order. For older students, the pictures aid in learning when to start a new paragraph. To complete the activity, have students cut the pictures apart and lay them in the boxes in sequential order. Make sure the sequence makes sense before having students glue the pictures in place. Then have them write about each picture. The Boat (Page 21) Name: An Adventure (Page 24) glue Cat and Bird (Page 27) Super Boy (Page 30) Name: The Boat glue glue Name: The Boat © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • The End Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 23 . Cut on the dotted lines order. Glue the pictures in re. pictu Write about each glue WRITE 22 SEQUENCE AND the boat? Who was rowing Why did it sink? the boat? to the person in What happened WRITE SEQUENCE AND • EMC © Evan-Moor Corp. 20 206 • Creative Writing SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas oor Corp. • EMC 206 • © Evan-M 21 Ideas Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: The Boat Cut on the dotted lines. Glue the pictures in order. Write about each picture. Who was rowing the boat? Why did it sink? What happened to the person in the boat? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 21 Name: The Boat glue glue 22 SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: glue glue The End © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 23 Name: An Adventure Cut on the dotted lines. Glue the pictures in order. Write about each picture. Why does the balloon go to the boy? Where will he travel in the balloon? 2 SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: An Adventure glue glue © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 2 Name: glue glue 26 SEQUENCE AND WRITE The End Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Cat and Bird Cut on the dotted lines. Glue the pictures in order. Write about each picture. Why did the cat go after the bird? What did the bird think or say? How did the cat feel? © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 2 Name: Cat and Bird glue glue glue 2 SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: glue glue glue The End © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 2 Name: Super Boy Cut on the dotted lines. Glue the pictures in order. Write about each picture. Why did Super Boy go to the moon? Why did Super Boy need the cheese? How far away is the moon? How long did it take Super Boy to fly to the moon? What did the moon say to Super Boy? 30 SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Name: Super Boy glue glue glue © Evan-Moor Corp. • EMC 206 • Creative Writing Ideas SEQUENCE AND WRITE 31 Name: glue glue glue The End 32 SEQUENCE AND WRITE Creative Writing Ideas • EMC 206 • © Evan-Moor Corp. Fill in the Missing Words The four activities in this section of Creative Writing Ideas provide practice in using descriptive words. To introduce the concept, write the following sentences on the board: 1. The cat went after the bird. 2. The stealthy, skinny cat slinked noiselessly through the weeds toward the unsuspecting bird. 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