The month of December is a blur in the classroom! I want to help you to save time and capitalize on your students’ excitement with this free holiday writing unit. Students will be learning how to write a how-to essay.
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Holiday How-To Essays
This free holiday mini writing unit will help students to write a simple how-to essay. They will be including a list of materials and. step-by-step instructions for how to build a snowman.
I have included a mentor text passage to help students understand what a good how-to essay should sound like. The topic of the mentor passage is super fun- How to Decorate a Christmas Tree!
The Holiday Writing Unit Includes:
- a week of lesson plans
- a mentor text passage (How to Decorate a Christmas Tree)
- anchor charts
- student printables
- publishing paper
In other words, you will have everything that you need for a simple and fun week of writing right before the holidays!
How to use this Holiday Writing Unit
The unit can be used any way that best fits your classroom needs, however I have written the lesson plans to be used in writing workshop.
Holiday Writing Mini Lesson
The mini lesson is designed to take approximately 10-15 minutes. I have provided the lesson plants make the mini lesson a piece of cake! You will be using the mentor text passage and anchor charts to teach lessons about writing for a purpose, listing materials, putting steps in order, using transition words, and editing.
Independent Writing Time
After the mini lesson, students will spend 15-20 minutes independently writing. The lesson plans have specific tasks that you will assign to your writers each day. Students will know exactly what they should be working on!
Holiday Writing Share Time
At the end of your writing time, students will loves spending 2-5 minutes sharing their writing with a shoulder partner. It’s easy to keep this share time short and sweet by using the share time suggestions in the lesson plans!
Enjoy your free unit, teacher friends!
Have a Not So Wimpy day,