As children learn to write, they are also learning how to tell stories. Often when kids are starting to write stories we encourage drawing a picture and writing about what is shown, whether they are retelling a favorite fairy tale or a story from their most recent vacation.
Pictures can likewise be helpful when early writers seek to give nonfiction reports on something they have learned about. You Clever Monkey has printable report writing templates for sale to use in your studies of bees, butterflies, ants and spiders.
But the same concept can be used for lots of report-style writing, whether you provide the pictures for the student to write about or have them draw something related to what most stuck out to them or interested them about the subject.
This is a great way to get over the “I don’t know what to write about” hurdle and to help kids gain confidence in how to put together simple reports.
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