Friday, December 4, 2015

More Than Letters to Santa: Holiday Writing Ideas

Hi, this is Brandi from The Research Based Classroom. Welcome to day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas Event. We are unwrapping lots of great holiday classroom ideas. If you have missed any of the previous days, you can click on the Focused on Fifth blog button at the bottom of this post to see the schedule and links for all of our previous days. Today everyone is blogging about holiday writing ideas.

This year we just barely finished up a unit of informational writing before Thanksgiving and we just started writing personal narratives about our family Christmas traditions (I am blogging about these at The Research Based Classroom). Honestly I haven't had time for a lot more holiday writing. But then we had a meeting with our literacy coach and she brought some really great poetry writing ideas. I was looking for something new to hang on our bulletin board for parent conferences in two weeks and with not much time in the schedule, I thought, "Yep, poetry is the answer." Plus it brings in some math too, which is always a favorite of mine.

This is a percentage poem. You start by choosing a topic. It could be a character, setting, an event, etc. In fact I think this would be fabulous with some historical events. Maybe the Boston Tea Party. But in the spirit of the season, I chose Christmas.  We did a sample one about Santa together and then everyone wrote their own about Christmas. So first choose a tope and then you make a list of qualities or things about your subject. So our Santa example had things like long, white beard and twinkle in his eye. It also had jolly laugh Ho, Ho, Ho. Then you determine what is most important and assign percentages to each. Last write it into a poem. Here are some of the poems my students wrote:

It was a lot of fun to watch the students trying to put percentages on their ideas and determine what was most important to them. Plus it only took one writing block to complete. It made for a good break with what we were doing and tomorrow we will pick right back up where we left off.

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