Don't you just love it when you can kill two birds with one stone in your teaching? I mean, honestly, if you don't teach cross-curriculum -ly (sorry - just can't get this sentence to behave the way I want it to!), how can you possibly get to all of those objectives? I love to incorporate cross-curricular teaching into my resources!
This set of three picture prompts for writing does just that.
1. It allows for some class bonding time when you have some sharing time after writing, as part of your beginning of the schoolyear getting-to-know-you activities. The foundation for good conversations and for your character ed curriculum!
2. Because the writing is done independently, this resource gives you the opportunity to get a finger on the pulse of your students' writing: Are they enthused about writing or reluctant? Quick finishers? Detail oriented? How's the organization of the piece? Sentence structure? Mechanics? Ideas? Voice? You get the idea, I'm sure. Without doing a formal assessment (although you could of course develop a rubric and use it that way), using these prompts will give you a feel for your students' strengths and their needs.
3. It's free!! Never a bad thing, right? :) Enjoy!