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Special Writing Projects?

Do any of you complete special writing  projects with your students, outside of the Rbook?  Here is the rundown of projects I've completed thus far:

Workshop #3 / Flex / The students wrote alternative endings to "Diamond Land" after completing a character analysis and plot chart.

Workshop #2 / Rbook / The students wrote a tall tale, with an emphasis on the sequence of events, in comic strip form.

I have an excellent idea for a writing project following "Louisa, Please Come Home."

I'd like to hear other ideas from educators.

Posted on: December 07 2009
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  • AskDee

    Have you looked in the Community Resources?  If you do an Advanced Search, you can then select the rBook Flex.  I think you will find writing extensions for every workshop.

    I have reviewed all of the READ180 resources, but I was looking for more out of the box kinds of writing projects. Demmy, I'd love to hear about your Workshop #3 project. Here is my idea: Shirley Jackons wrote a beautifully illustrated picture book entitled 9 Magic Wishes. The book is VERY open ended (as are most her works). My idea is to have the students write an ending to the story, in which they find the magic box in the middle of the pond and must make a wish.

    What a great way for students to demonstrate mastery of the target skill while leaving the learning to be student centered.  Do you give all students the same assignment, or are their options?   When I assigned the first book project I used the Read 180 materials and gave a choice of 5 (covering a variety of types)   Thanks for the ideas.  I am just now at the end of workshop 2 but I will start to think of a project for 3 and post when I have it.

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