Traditions and Celebrations

Lesson Overview

Students will describe the special celebrations and traditions they share with their families.

Get Started

  • Print a copy of the Description Graphic Organizer for each student.
  • Head to Pressto to make a copy of the Pressto assignment, adapt it as needed, and assign it to your students.

Tips for using this assignment with your students:

  • Before Writing - Give students time to brainstorm for their writing using the graphic organizer. Encourage them to both write and draw their thoughts on the page. Student drawings can be added as images in their Pressto as they write by taking a photo and uploading them to Image Blocks.
  • During Writing - As students revise, encourage them to think about whether they need to add details to their writing when introducing any items, routines, or activities. Are there words that may be unfamiliar to others, or words in another language that may need translation? Encourage students to think about how they can teach their audience something new about their family and their culture.
  • After Writing - Have students create a video in which they read their writing and share artifacts (or drawings of artifacts) related to their traditions.

Writing Instruction Routines

For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.

Common Core Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.