Today’s blog focuses on making writing fun and interactive for students using interactive writing activities. I am going to outline the three big types of writing pieces: narrative, opinion, and informative. Then, I’ll show you how to make each piece of writing interactive. These interactive writing activities will let your kids have fun and show off their creativity.
The three sets you’ll see are for the 3 standards in common core. If you are a non-Common Core state, these are still important skills to hit with your students! You’ll see informational writing, opinion writing, and narrative interactive writing activities below.
Making Opinion Writing Interactive
With the opinion interactive writing activities, students are going to be given two options. First, Students pick the topic they like better, cut it out, write reasons why they like it better, add an introduction and conclusion, then transfer it over to a final draft. Below, I will show you a closer step by step look at how to make opinion interactive writing activities in your classroom.
Students will start by receiving their options page. This is going to show students two objects or ideas, which they have to choose between. They will cut out the object they choose for the opinion writing piece.
Then, students will glue the object they choose onto their brainstorming, pre-writing paper. On the front, they will list out three reasons why they chose that particular object. And on the back, the students will state their opinion and practice writing their conclusion draft. This will help frame their final writing piece because they will have their opinion writing introduction, their three reasons, and a conclusion ready to be put on their final papers.
Which is where step 3 comes in. They will cut out their images again and glue them onto their writing papers. Then, they will complete their opinion interactive writing activities by writing a final draft.
Informative Interactive Writing Activities
For informative interactive writing activities, students get to write about a nonfiction topic of their choice. They’re given two topics to choose from and they can pick which one they think is more interesting. Then, students pick the topic they want to research, spend time researching with books or the internet, write 3 facts, add a conclusion and introduction, then transfer it into a final draft.
First, students will choose the topic they’d like to do research on. They will cut out the word and the images.
After they have chosen their topic to focus on, they will start their pre-writing and their brainstorming activities. Students will look up three facts about the topic they chose. then write their topic sentence and conclusion on the back. The front and back of this paper will act as their pre-write paper or their draft before their final writing piece.
Finally, students will take all the information they learned and their topic sentence/conclusion, and they will write their final interactive writing piece.
Narrative Interactive Pieces
Finally, we are going to take a look at our interactive narrative writing! This is where students can get super creative. They’re going to create their own stories. Students cut three pictures out and arrange them in a way that makes sequential sense for their narrative story. They’ll write their beginning, middle, and end, then rewrite it into final draft mode.
Once the students cut out their three pictures, they will rearrange these pictures into any order they want and glue it down onto the beginning, middle, and end blocks. These blocks will help students with their story structure. Then, they will write about what happens in each of the images to help set up their beginning, middle, and end.
After their pre-writing and drafting process, students will take their beginning, middle, and end and put it into a final draft!
Interested in the full writing units?
I have a unit for each type of writing. Plus, if you want to focus on narrative writing, I have seasonal narrative interactive writing units, too.