Writing Activity: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

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Write about it! Click here to download a printable worksheet for your littles to use while you write after reading the book “‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving“. As a note: Here is how we adapt our writing activities to reach different learning levels:

High: Read & Write. Children who can draw and write complete this activity more independently. They write their answer to the question (full sentences or not, it just depends on their writing level). For those who are just beginning to write in full sentences, we might provide some vocabulary words to assist them in formulating a written response.

Mid: Draw. We believe it is VERY important to teach kids the basics of drawing. For most writing prompts, we draw three simple pictures for the students to choose from and then draw themselves. NOTE: You want to pictures to be simple enough that the students can use them as a model for their own drawing. Don’t get fancy. We place all three pictures in front of the students and ask them to draw the picture that best illustrates their answer to the prompt. After completing the drawing, we would ask the student to dictate (If they can) words that describe the picture. We would then write the words on the lines so the students could trace or copy their description.

Low: Select & Draw with Support. This group uses the same hand-drawn pictures as the mid group. For most writing prompts we hold up two pictures and ask the student which one best illustrates their answer to the prompt. The student would then identify the correct answer by labeling, pointing, looking, gesturing, etc. (depending on theifr physical ability). After selecting the correct answer we would help the student draw and color the picture. Remember that even those who have multiple physical disabilities have the capability to make choices and be involved in the learning process. Allow them to do as MUCH as possible on their own. We always provide choices of picture & writing utensil, and we like to have the student identify where on the page they would like to begin.

For this text we drew the following items as choices for students in the mid and low groups:

  1. Turkey
  2. Pie
  3. Toast & Jam
  4. Roll
  5. Potatoes and Gravy
  6. Green Beans

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‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by clicking here!

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Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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