So, my solution? Compromise. Stick to the pacing guide and dig deep into the creative recesses of my brain. After doing this, I came up with my Let's Talk Trees Persuasive Writing Unit.
Here is my checklist for creating the unit:
- Needs to be engaging and Christmas related...✔
- High Interest...✔
- Common Core aligned...✔
- Follows pacing map..Close Read Information Text✔ Point of View✔Opinion Writing✔
- Fun for the kids✔
We spent a week on the unit and yes, listened to Christmas music also. The topic of a real tree versus a fake tree for Christmas sparked some interesting debate. It surprised me how opinionated the children were on the topic. To tie in the "crafty" part, I allowed the children to write the reasons for their opinions on ornament templates and then design them. I displayed the ornaments on our bulletin board with the tree of their choice.
To learn more about the unit you can click the picture below to download a preview.
Merry Christmas and enjoy your remaining days before break!