Sunday, July 14, 2013

4 Free Tic Tac Toe Journal Sheets (Editable!)

One of my goals this year is to keep my students writing consistently...and independently. They have a writing journal and usually select their own topics. But sometimes our little dears can get stuck in a writing rut, yes? To avoid the "same-ol-same-ol" stories, I assign them a weekly Tic Tac Toe Journaling Sheet with 9 choices covering a variety of genres - narrative, opinion, mini research, compare/contrast, and some just for fun. Each one is totally free - left in Excel so you can edit them to suit your needs. You can also get the guide with learning goals and grading rubric, too. Just preview them here and scroll down to download.
Most of my students responded to the radio station prompt - LOTS of opinions about that holiday music! I'm firmly in the after Thanksgiving only camp, but call me old-fashioned.  :-)
Here the first name prompt was the big winner. I have a crazy story about my name, so I shared it when we gathered for our weekly meeting where we all pick a journal entry to read aloud.  I was named after the Bob Dylan version of the song "Corrina, Corrina" and my mother almost had my first and middle name be Corrina in homage. Thank GOD my grandmother talked her out of it!!
The worst foods was the favorite choice this time. Boy did they relish describing how horrendous certain foods were - lots of "juicy" details - in an awesomely bad way.  :-D
Designing their own restaurant really appealed to my 5th graders. They got super creative - you can tell who watches a lot of Food Network at home!  (Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and Restaurant: Impossible are two of my favorite shows to watch with my own kids.)
Just click on the links to download them right here:
And find lots of other great freebies at:
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
What journal prompt really gets your students thinking and writing?  Please share so I can include it this year!

15 comments:

  1. Love these! Thank you!!! Cannot wait to use!

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    1. Thanks, Nichole! Hope you get some great responses from your class.

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  2. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Angela! This was one of those assignments the kids really got into. Especially when I made sure they had time to share.

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  3. LOVE tic tac toe and choice boards. I pinned your page to my board just for tic tac toe! The students love being given choice, so you tend to get better quality writing. Thank you for sharing!
    Sidney Ellen

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    1. Hi Sidney! I also like Tic Tac Toe assignments, so I'll have to check out your board. :-)

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  4. What a great resource and idea! Thanks for sharing : )

    Kathleen

    The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

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  5. Thanks, Kathleen! Hope you get some great responses from your class!

    Corrina
    From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  6. Hi Corrina!
    I'd love to use these Tic Tac Toe writing assignments with my students, but I'm unable to download them. There's an error when I click on the link. Could you assist with this please?

    Thanks so much!
    Kelsie

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