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Use this engaging back to school video writing assignment as a way to foster student creative thinking while also helping to improve their writing. In this assignment, students will create and design a new school, write about their first day at school from the first person perspective, and create an advertisement campaign to recruit new students. The best part is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the assignment to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look at the assignment instructions, brainstorming sheet, writing organizers, editing checklist, and advertisement project handouts/organizers included! There is absolutely no prep required to implement this lesson/assignment/project!



• Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the assignment to students to help them consider all the different aspects of their new school (lots of examples included). This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. Watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek.

• Use the eye-catching PowerPoint presentations to introduce the assignment in more detail to your class and guide you through each element of the assignment/lesson/project.

• Use the instructions, brainstorming sheet, writing organizers, editing checklist, final copy sheets, project handouts/organizers, and rubrics to implement the writing lesson.



→ Introductory video (Included in PowerPoint – 1min 35sec)

→ Teacher instructions

→ PowerPoint to guide the lesson

→ Brainstorming sheet (with prompting questions)

→ First day of school outlining sheet (schedule style)

→ Double-sided rough draft sheet

→ Peer editing checklist (constructive and positive feedback)

→ Double-sided final copy sheet

→ First day of school writing teacher rubric

→ New school advertisement project handout

→ 3 Planning sheets for advertisement project (brochure, video, live tour)

→ New school advertisement project rubric


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