The anchor chart I made to teach beginning, middle, and end when organizing your writing! I had my students write their own stories about their dream vacation. They used three different colored pencils to indicate which part of their story was the beginning, middle, and end! :)
6 Traits--Ideas--This is a great book to discuss where authors get ideas from. The beginning of the book begins with a teacher giving the student an assignment, saying, "Write about what you know." The student sits on her front steps and waits for something to happen on 90th street, then she scribbles in her notebook, "Nothing ever happens on 90th street," and the story goes from there.