Your students will have fun with this creative writing assignment that aims to convince Santa that they have been wrongly placed on the "naughty" list. Writers are invested in crafting a persuasive argument that refutes evidence and makes a case that they should be on the "nice" list.
East-to-follow directions make this perfect for centers, GATE, independent, and whole-class instruction.
Final letters are wonderful read-alouds!
Who is it for?
5th Graders (10 to 11-year-olds)
4th Graders (9 to 10-year-olds)
3rd Graders (8 to 9-year-olds)
6th Graders (11 to 12-year-olds)
Gifted & talented students
prewriting graphic organizer: audience and purpose
prewriting: what is your evidence that you've been nice?
prewriting: explain your evidence
prewriting: why don't you deserve to be on the naughty list?
step-by-step drafting graphic organizers that guide students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion
active revision based on the rubric
student checklist to self-monitor progress
teacher checklist keeps you organized
Ready to print and teach...Just Add Students!
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About the Seller
Just Add Students
Hi! I'm Marypat -- the teacher behind Just Add Students. I have over 15 years of experience teaching 4th grade through college...all things ELAR! I am also a mentor teacher, trainer, and freelance writer.
The bulk of my experience has been in middle school. I know teaching this age group can be a challenge; my goal is to create engaging (often quirky) activities that will encourage creativity and independent thought.