Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds

I am a teacher & designer. Connecting with students & seeing them enjoy learning is my favorite feeling on earth! I hope you enjoy this article!

7th Grade Writing Choice Board Tutorial for Teachers

Build your own Writing Choice Board for 7th Grade in minutes! Keep kids engaged & learning using these tactics & templates
To use a choice board in your 7th Grade Classroom during Writing you will need to create the Writingchoices (there are lots of examples), organize the classroom, and have a goal;

Time-saving, differentiation, and dynamic classroom management are my favorite reasons to use a choice board!

Integrating choices every day you will need to hone in on the best way to apply 7th Grade Writing choice boards to your classroom style!

Here are a few ideas and instructions on choices, classroom management and getting buy-in from your7th Graders

Ideas & Examples of Great 7th Grade Writing Choices

Create Your Own Superhero Story
Invent a superhero with unique powers! Describe their look, allies, enemies, and a daring adventure. Be creative and have fun with your hero’s journey!
Design a Time Travel Adventure
Write a story where you time travel to any era. Describe the people, sights, and sounds. How does it differ from today? Include a problem you solve before returning home.
Compose a Mystery Podcast Script
Create a suspenseful audio story with twists. Write dialogue, clues, and a surprise ending. Record your voice, add sound effects, and solve the mystery!
Craft a Fantasy Quest Narrative
Write a story about a hero’s magical journey to find a hidden treasure, facing mythical creatures and overcoming challenges with courage and cleverness.
Pen a Poem About Your Favorite Season
Write a short poem about the season you love most. Use vivid words to describe the weather, how it makes you feel, and what you see, hear, or do during this time.
Write a Letter from a Distant Planet
Imagine you’re on a far-off planet. Write a letter home describing the strange landscape, alien friends, and your daily life. Be creative!
Develop a Diary Entry from a Historical Figure
Write a diary entry as if you’re a historical figure. Imagine their daily life, feelings, and events they witnessed. Use first-person “I” and make it personal and real!
Invent a Secret Code & Write a Message
Create a code by swapping each letter for a symbol or number. Write a secret note using your code. Share it with a friend who knows the key to decode it!
Draft a Survival Guide for a Deserted Island
Survival Guide: Find shelter, water, and food. Make fire for warmth and signaling. Stay safe from animals. Use SOS signals. Stay calm, think smart!

Using a Choice Board to Differentiate Writing in a 7th Grade Classroom

Keep It Simple

Everyone “teacher & student” should know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t make it even easier! 

Differential Instruction vs Saving time?

There is nothing more irritating than “Saving Time” with a Choice Board & ending up with “More work!”.  Are you using this to hit standards or save time or both? 

"Self Guided" or "instruction-based"?

If you giving out work, should they do it on their own or are these more instructions for each choice?

General rule, if the grade is > 3 there is more work per choice.

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All ages, all grades where you need 9 grid choice board. Start loving learning again! 

How To Manage Your 7th Grade Classroom During Writing (With a Choice Board)

I find its easiest to use a big board at the front of the classroom where all students can see the choices  then decide what they want to do

This often will be coming in from a break or transition between subjects. 

If you can get all students to know whats expected during a choice activity it becomes one-hundred times easier to manage the class & have everyone know what choices they have!  

There are three core steps you have to hit when using a Choice Board; 

1) The Set Up
The Instruction 
3) The Q+A 

1) The Set Up

Select your choices, decide on how you are going to use this time in your classroom. Build the choice board

1) The Instruction

Tell the students what they are going to be doing (this becomes easier over time) Simply start with 3 options & move from there. 

1) The Q & A

Does anyone have questions? This will help you or the next time. Remember the goal is to make this easier each time! 

Why Use A Choice Board?

So, let’s chat about choiceboards and why they’re like the coolest thing ever in your classroom. 

Picture this: kiddos bouncing into the room, eyes lighting up because they get to pick their own adventure in learning new words.

 It’s like a mini vocab party, and everyone’s invited!

We all have our own jam, right? Some of us are little artists, others are born performers, and some love to get lost in stories. Choice boards are like a buffet of fun learning snacks, so every munchkin finds something tasty that helps the vocab stick!

And here’s the kicker – when the little ones get to steer the ship, they turn into these mini captains of learning. They’re making the calls, and with every choice, they puff up a bit more with confidence. It’s a win-win – they’re learning and feeling like the boss at the same time.

Plus, for us teachers, it’s like having a secret helper in the room. We get to sprinkle in all sorts of activities that match our students’ levels and what makes their hearts tick. It’s like custom-making a learning playlist that gets every kid grooving to the vocab beat. How cool is that?