For all of my writing classes, students write on bordered paper. That way they can decorate the border around their writing with an art accent. You can print and use this paper as well. Here is the paper for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7. Here’s a printout of a border with no lines to use with very early writers.
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The ideas below might seem extremely elementary to you, too simple, little flash. BUT, I’m telling you. Each time I hang a sample border and tell my writers that they get to make their own once they’re done writing, they perk up. The mere idea of adding a decorative border motivates them to write. The ideas below are only suggestions. You might think of your own! And your students will surely come up with their own as well. The key is that the candy cane art accent motivates and rewards your writers.
- Use any kind of candy cane stickers*.
2. Draw two big candy canes using a red marker.
3. Draw small candy canes around the border using a red marker.
4. Have the students write on any stationary paper that has candy canes.
5. Use ABC stickers* to write a title.
6. Hand out candy canes* for the students to eat!!
A BONUS IDEA is to make Candy Cane Themed Butter Slime or Fluffy Candy Cane Slime. Recently, I’ve discovered the master slime maker at Little Bins for Little Hands. My own children followed her instructions and had a blast. So much, that I’m going to find ways to incorporate slime into writing prompts and have students make it for their art accent!