Keeping the writing center stocked with fresh ideas and topics can take a lot of time. Not only do you have to consider your students’ different writing levels and abilities, but providing content ideas that keep them engaged is not always easy. The five ideas below will keep students thinking and engaged while they are working on their written assignments.
Thanksgiving Writing Center Ideas
1. Turkey Cartoons
What does a turkey think about as Thanksgiving approaches? Have students write and illustrate their own cartoon using this free, downloadable 6-frame cartoon template.
2. Missing Poster
The turkey has gone missing and the farmer needs to find him before Thanksgiving. Have students create a “Wanted” poster for the turkey who has run away.
3. Thanksgiving Menu
Students can create and illustrate their own Thanksgiving Day menu. Add descriptions for each dish using plenty of adjectives. You might also suggest an alternate point of view and write the turkey’s revised menu – with the star turkey missing, of course.
4. Gobble, Gobble, Cluck
Take a page from the children’s book Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and ask students to draft a letter to the farmer from the turkeys and chickens who are worried about Thanksgiving.
5. Pilgrim’s Point of View
Explore a different point of view and have students write a diary entry as if they were a young Pilgrim child during the first Thanksgiving. What would they be eating? How would they feel? What was life like? Switch it up and ask students to then write about the first Thanksgiving from a young Native American’s point of view.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving-related ideas for the writing center? Share with us below!