This fun Valentine's Day Writing Craft is a great way to get students to write about the special people in their lives. This displayable banner craft is a perfect way to blend academics into your Valentine's Day fun.
Valentine's Day is a great chance to get students to take stock of their friendships and those special people in their lives.
While students tend to focus on candy and cards, there are so many great opportunities to look beyond the “things” of Valentine's Day to recognize and appreciate their relationships with others.
This fun craftivity offers an approachable take on writing that can engage even the most reluctant writers. Click the button below to get it now!
What's included in this Valentine's Day Writing Activity?
With all the excitement of Valentine's Day, it can be challenging to keep students on track with academics. This writing craft was designed to be easy-to-implement and standards-focused to keep students learning even after the fun has begun.
The Valentine's Day Writing Banner Craft includes three different prompts and multiple design options so you can customize the banner to fit your students and your classroom decor. Read more about each of the included writing options below.
Valentine's Day Writing Prompts
This pack includes templates for three popular genres of writing commonly studied in elementary school – personal narrative, expository, and poetry.
Each prompt gives students a clear structure for their composition and comes in several design formats. You'll find suggestions for implementation and how you can best support your struggling writers under each genre below.
Personal Narrative: A time I was a good friend…
The personal narrative is one of the most studied genres in upper elementary classrooms, but many students still struggle to compose focused narratives that target one small moment in time.
This prompt offers students a chance to brainstorm what makes a good friend, and then they reflect on when they've been a good friend to someone.
Starting with brainstorming a trait of a good friend was a purposeful way of getting students to start reflecting without getting overwhelmed by the writing process. While many students enjoy writing about themselves, having a single trait in mind can help weed out ideas and allow them to select a moment to write about more easily.
Expository Writing: Someone I admire…
Expository writing is commonly included in standardized writing assessments and is often difficult for students.
Working on short compositions, such as the one included in this pack, is a great way to help make it less overwhelming for struggling writers.
This expository prompt asks students to think about someone they admire. Students then write about the special traits that person has that makes them admirable.
You can start by having students think-pair-share about someone they admire. Modeling is also a great way to help students find a starting place and structure for their writing. The sentence starter format is also great for your language learners.
My favorite part of this prompt is that it makes a very interesting display. Many passers-by and visitors to our school stopped by to read and comment on my students' writing.
Poetry: LOVE Acrostic
Acrostic poetry gets reluctant writers engaged in the writing process. The simplicity makes it a great choice for younger students or those who avoid writing.
This template has students write an acrostic poem using the word “love”.
Students brainstorm words or phrases that start with each letter of the word then record them on their piece of the banner before adding decoration.
You can start by brainstorming Valentine's Day vocabulary or words that go with each letter to get students inspired and give them a starting place.
Creating your Valentine's Day Banner for Display
Changing out bulletin boards can be frustrating and time-consuming. Instead of spending the time to switch out the whole bulletin board, do seasonal boards and add a fun writing banner to change it up regularly. Creating your banner takes only minutes.
Here's what you need:
a stapler or double-sided tape
ribbon or string
completed banner pieces
To create your Valentine's Writing Banner, start by organizing the writing passages in an order that makes sense. You may want to consider neatness, design, and the quality of responses when determining what order to put them in.
Once you've organized them attach them to the ribbon or string with double-sided tape or 1-2 staples.
Hang the banner, and you're done!
How to purchase this Valentine's Day Writing Craft
You can purchase this Valentine's Day Writing Banner on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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