Our adopted writing curriculum spends a lot of time on writing several drafts of large projects. Students work on these over several weeks. I find it helpful to supplement with several short projects that are different genres and only take a day or two.
Science fiction is popular, but not emphasized in the upper elementary curriculum. Here is a suggested prompt for students to work on a scene that capitalizes on the current interest in science fiction.
A ship from outer space lands in your back yard. The creature inside asks you to go with him because you have a skill that can save his planet. On another piece of paper, write what happens in several paragraphs. Make sure your scene includes action, dialogue, inner thought and description.
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