Kids LOVE to write chapter books. There is something about writing a chapter book that fills a student with pride! Do you have young writers in your class that are up to the challenge of writing a chapter book on their pet? Use these pre-writing, draft, revising and editing, and final copy templates to support these writers! Be sure to download your FREE set of pet chapter book writing templates!
The Writing Process
Students learn about the writing process by working through each stage with guided support. Add the following templates to your writer’s workshop to help your students compose a chapter book on their favourite pet … either real or imaginary!
Step One: Prewriting
In the prewriting stage, have students turn and talk with a partner about their pets or about someone they know that has a pet. After students have had a chance to talk with a partner, encourage students to share their pet stories. Take time at this stage to let children hear stories from their classmates to give them writing ideas. Introduce chapter books to students and explain that students will be writing a book about a pet that has two chapters. Students can write real adventures or stories about their pets or they can make up stories about a real or imaginary pet. Give each student the following preplanning template to help them plan their chapter book. Print on 11 x 17 paper to give students more room for their planning.
Step Two: Drafting
Students write the initial draft for each chapter of their story. They use the ideas they come up with on their chapter book graphic organizer in their chapters.
Step Three: Revising
Depending on the writing stage of your students, you may choose to focus on different revising skills. Some students may work at adding words to their sentences, while others work on putting interesting words into their stories, while other students may focus on starting each sentence with a different word. This may be a time when students share their stories with a partner to get their feedback. Download the Pet Revising and Editing Checklist if it meets the needs of the students in your class.
Step Four: Editing
Students can look over their work to make sure sentences and important words start with a capital and that they have an end mark at the end of each sentence. Download the colour and/or black and white Pet Revising and Editing Checklist for your students.
Step Five: Publishing (Final Copy)
After students have finished revising and editing their stories, give them this final copy booklet to write and illustrate their story. Consider arranging for students to go into a younger grade to share their stories.
Your Input Please!
Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “How do you integrate writing into your pet unit?” Thanks!
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