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Back to School Writing Center

Back to School Writing Center

Created by Resource Ranch
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Grade level


Resource Type

Printables, Activities, Centers


Creative Writing, Short Stories, Writing

This school themed center is perfect for back-to-school but can inspire your students to write any time of the year! Character, setting, and problem combinations are drawn to practice writing skills.

There are 52 cards included in this center: Setting (12), Character (20), and Problem (20). ALL cards are provided in color and line art. Students draw one from each set to write a creative story.

Depending on the reading ability of your students, you may choose to use only the character and setting cards for Kinder or First Grade, but this center works well using all cards for Second and Third.

Cards can be placed in a center, chosen and taken to student desk, or displayed in a pocket chart. You can let students choose their own cards or draw them for a greater challenge.

Four different bordered paper options have also been provided to accommodate the needs of your class. Two full-lined pages, one partially lined page with room for drawing a picture at the top; and one partially lined page that has a space at the top for writing or drawing each of the three story elements that were chosen for the story. (This last option is helpful if they are choosing cards from just looking at them in a pocket chart.)

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3 reviews
    Wuachita C.
    22 Jul 2023
    Great resource for visual learners! Thank you :)
    Patricia W.
    22 Jul 2023
    This has been a great resource as it has my reluctant writers wanting to write.
    Courtney Wilson
    22 Jul 2023
    Loved the first set I bought so I HAD to get them all!! :) Wonderful clip art, easy to prep for a writing center, and so many options for writing prompts! My kids love it and it's kept them on task! :) Thank you!!! Can't wait for more!