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Writing Frames







The following writing patterns are based on the text structures of children's picture books. Read the book aloud and discuss the pattern. Model writing a story using the text pattern first. You can also interactively write a story together as a class. Give each student a copy of the writing frame to write their own stories. This technique teaches children how to organize their writing ideas and to notice writing techniques and word choice. The writing patterns are in pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the patterns. Come back soon for more writing frames.



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst

Children can easily mimic this circular text pattern. Younger students might write 3-5 sentences about different "terrible" things that happens to them during the day. Older students can write more descriptive details for each event. Each student substitutes their own name in place of Alexander, and creates their own events. They can write one event upon waking up, an event that occurs at school, and an after school event, and the last event before going to bed. They can substitute another place they would like to visit in place of Austrailia.

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The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

The Important Book pattern is one of the most useful patterns you will ever find. Our writing frame is for younger children. They will write and "important thing" about themselves following the pattern. Older children can write an entire book. You can use this pattern across the curriculum in many ways. It's great for summarizing, determining critical attributes, and getting the "essence" of a topic. Some examples: The important thing about a trapezoid...; The important thing about the American Revolution...; The important thing about the water cycle...; and so forth.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

This circular text pattern is loaded with cause and effect relationships. Write a story together with kindergarten students. Let second graders write their own versions. Fourth graders can take the pattern to new levels and write spin-off versions similar to Numeroff's use of her own pattern in follow up stories. The possibilities are endless, and the motivation for student writing is high.

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If You Take a Mouse Five-Book Set (If You Take a Mouse to the Movies; If You Take a Mouse to School; If You Give a Moose a Muffin; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; If You Give a Pig a Pancake)

If You Give an Author a Pencil (Meet the Author Series)

A Guide for Using If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin in the Classroom



Fortunately by Remy Charlip

This fun, back and forth text structure is simple to follow. Younger students can write simple stories while older students add more details to create more complex stories. This pattern allows student's to use their wildest imaginations while developing logical cause and effect relationships.

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