I posted a couple of days ago about my Author's Purpose lesson. To reinforce learning, today my students created a writing piece about Easter eggs. They were randomly given the task to write either a persuasive, informative, or entertainment piece about Easter eggs. They did an amazing job! Some persuasive pieces were why you should dye and/or buy Easter eggs. One student wrote an informative piece about the health benefits of eating Easter eggs, and two students teamed up to write a very creative story about a child who had the choice to go to an Easter Egg Hunt or a friend's birthday party. After feeling very conflicted, the child decided to hold an Easter Egg Hunt during the birthday party.
I was so pleased with their writing efforts, yet disappointed that I didn't leave much time to complete the task. With Spring Break and Easter looming, we just did not have enough time to dedicate to this assignment. Next year, I will leave a good two weeks prior to Easter to edit and publish final drafts. It definitely is a great learning activity to link reading and writing. And it will make a super-cute Spring bulletin board!