Help your students write strong constructed response pieces with these fun upper elementary writing centers. Prepare your 4th and 5th grade students for the upcoming state writing assessment or FSA. This construction-themed activity pack includes writing centers focusing on types of prompts (opinion & informative), how to write topic sentences, text evidence and elaboration, adding details to sentences, parts of an essay, transition words, and more!
Improving Sentences Task Cards: Add adjectives, verbs, and adverbs to make sentences more descriptive
Transitioning through Writing: Students will place the transition word cards on top of the blanks to complete the paragraphs. (Includes 2 passages)
Expanding Sentences with Prepositions Task Cards: Students will expand each sentence by adding prepositional phrases.
Types of Sentences Task Cards: Students will sort sentence cards into simple, compound, or complex sentence toolboxes.
Evidence or Elaboration Task Cards: Students will decide whether each statement is evidence or elaboration. They will match the evidence to the corresponding elaboration & place them underneath the correct header.
Piece it Together! Students must work together to piece the essay back together like a puzzle. This activity will help them identify the important components of an essay such as introduction, key ideas, and conclusion.
Opinion vs. Informative Writing Prompt Cards: Students will read the prompt cards and decide whether the prompt is informative or opinion.
What’s the Topic Sentence Task Cards: Students will read each short paragraph. Decide what is the main idea and create a topic sentence to match.
Adding Voice through Figurative Language Task Cards: Students will use figurative language to help create vivid pictures in the reader’s head.
Highlight the Writing Component: Students will use the key to color code the topic sentence, details, main idea, conclusion, and transition words/phrases in each passage.
Grammar Construction Booklet: Fill in the blank booklet focused on reviewing frequently misspelled words.
Editing Marks Reference Sheet: Includes common editing marks such as capitalization, punctuation, spelling, insert a word, etc.
Proofreading Passages: Six short passages containing errors. Students will use editing marks to correct the mistakes.
Printable Worksheets: Expanding sentences with prepositional phrases, Transition Toolbox, Topic Sentences
Includes instructions & response sheets for all activities!
- CCSSW.4.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
- CCSSW.4.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSSW.4.1a: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
- CCSSW.4.1b: Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
- CCSSW.4.1c: Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
- CCSSW.4.1d: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
- CCSSW.4.2a: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
- CCSSW.4.2b: Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
- CCSSW.4.2c: Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
- CCSSW.4.3c: Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
- CCSSW.4.3d: Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
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