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February 11, 2016 CG Teaching Strategies Worksheets, CG Writing Lessons K-5, ELA K-5, ELA Focus - Writing, ELA Resources - Charts/Posters, Core Grammar

Teaching Students the Elements of Writing to Entertain

There are many reasons to get to together with family and friends throughout the year. Whether you like to host people at your home or you like to visit, it is always refreshing to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. This form of entertainment is a human trait.

Writing to Entertain

That same idea of entertaining can be present in writing. For those of you who have been following the blog, I have presented three other forms of writing: narrative, informative, and persuasive. This week, we will look at writing to entertain.

Students match their writing purpose to their audience and writing to entertain is another common purpose in writing. Entertainment writing is used to show a theme, event, or story for enjoyment. There are many ways students can write to entertain.

The most common way is to tell a story. Just like visiting with family and friends during the holidays, telling stories is an age-old tradition. Students can also express themselves through comics, poetry, or short stories. If you are teaching upper-grade levels, you could have them turn a story into a nursery rhyme!

Entertaining stories make you laugh, hold the audience’s attention, or keep a reader in suspense. Stories are enjoyable, and this type of writing is sure to bring laughter into the classroom.

Using the anagram ENTERTAIN, teachers and students can easily remember the important aspects of writing to entertain.

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Download this colorful poster to display in your room to remind your students about the parts of an ENTERTAINing text! You can also print it out as a handout to distribute to students.

 

 

 

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