Several years ago I had this writing plan of a new topic or theme per month.
September – Fall
October – Scary Story Picture Book
November – Being Thankful
December – Poetry
January/February – Famous African-American Biography
March – Creature Creation
April – Debates/How To
May – Story based on famous painting
As the school years got busier with more focus on reading than writing – I fell away from doing those writing topics/themes. The worst part of letting it all go was that I saw my students writing fall apart. There were no set goals that they saw they could accomplish and writing wasn’t fun anymore.
Well, this past year I decided to have a little bit of fun after our state testing and we did our Creature Creation Stories. Basically, this used to be part of a mythology unit I did with 7th graders, but I adapted it to 5th grade. Students have to create a “new” creature – can be made up of several different creatures/animals/things. Then they write a narrative story about the creature.
Here are some pictures of the kids final models of their creatures: