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Planning a Response to a Writing Prompt
4 mins 4th CCSS: Designed
In the fourth of seven lessons on responding to a writing prompt, the instructor guides learners through pre-writing organization and using stories to illustrate points in the essay. The thought process behind each text addition is...
Strong Descriptive Writing: James and the Giant Peach
4th - 6th
Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and...
Moving to the Five Paragraph Narrative Essay: A Write On Activity
7th - 9th
Ready to introduce your young writers to the multi-paragraph essay? Here’s an illustrated presentation that models how to use the pre-writing notes on a graphic organizer to craft a personal essay. Color codes help viewers identify the...
A Time Line for Writing Ideas : Creative Writing, Pre-Writing
4th - 6th
What is your earliest memory? Give pupils of all ages a folder full of writing ideas by having them complete a time line for their life. After they identify important events from their life, they'll have a whole bunch of topics to choose...
Let's Write Our Own Mystery, Lesson on Inserting Pictures
3rd - 5th
Go through the process of taking a digital picture and then inserting it into a MS Word document. Learners are shown how to use a digital camera, how to download the pictures to a file, and how to insert a picture into a word document...
How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective
3rd - 8th
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion...
"The Charge of the Light Brigade": Writing Prompt and Pre-writing
6th - 9th
Inspire your learners to experience poetry in an entirely different way with this resource. A writing prompt that goes along with "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, learners craft a reflective piece in the voice...
Developmental Strokes: Pre-Writing Worksheet
Pre-K - 1st CCSS: Adaptable
Young writers develop their fine motor skills one stroke at a time with this simple tracing instructional activity. Looking at pictures of eight basic figures ranging from horizontal and vertical lines to circles and triangles, children...
Writing Diagnostics and Introduction to Literary Terms
9th - 12th
Assess your new learners' writing abilities and knowledge of literary terms with these diagnostic activities. Part of a back-to-school unit, this is meant to provide the teacher with information about the ability levels of their class....