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W.6.3 - Narrative Writing: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Cultivating a deep love of narrative writing in your young writers can set them on a path that will have them writing and reading for the rest of their lives. These common core aligned resources (W.6.3) will give you some great starting...
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Narrative & Creative Writing Prompts

For Students K - 3rd Standards
Narrative writing prompts challenge young writers to create stories. Along the way, they learn how to stretch their imagination, draw on personal experiences, organize the elements of a story, and add sensory details. The 11 prompts are...
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Dealing with Dilemmas: Upstanders, Bystanders and Whistle-Blowers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are upstanders, bystanders, and whistle-blowers when it comes to dealing with dilemmas. The four lessons in this unit module ask young scholars to think about injustice and how to resolve difficult situations. Learners research...
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EngageNY Grades 6 ELA Module 2B: Voices of Adversity

For Teachers 6th Standards
Were things really harder back in the day? That is the question sixth graders research in a three-unit module. They read information articles and literature about the adversities of medieval life, and then draft an essay in which they...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: The Importance of Sports in American Culture

For Teachers 5th Standards
Two informational articles provide fifth graders the opportunity to consider the role sports have played in American culture. Over the course of the seven lessons in Module 3A, Unit 1, young scholars review how to read and write...
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Five Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Every writer knows how terrible writer's block can feel. Use these five writer's block-busting techniques to help young writers get out of their rut and into a better state of mind.
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Rediscovering Forgotten Women Writers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Women's voices are becoming more prominent in the world of literature, but for centuries, this wasn't the case. Young historians research a woman whose writings are considered to be lost, out of print, or forgotten. They develop an oral...
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Write with Writers

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Write and work with authors on the Scholastic Website to promote the recognition of various genres.  Young writers will participate in activities based on the type of writing such as biography, descriptive, folktales, mystery, news, and...
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Nonfiction Genre Mini-Unit: Persuasive Writing

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Should primary graders have their own computers? Should animals be kept in captivity? Young writers learn how to develop and support a claim in this short unit on persuasive writing.
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My Restaurant Visit

For Students K - 3rd
Young writers recount their visit to a restaurant, describing where they went, what they ate, and who was in the party.
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Choosing a Story Idea for a Narrative

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Decisions, decisions. Now that young writers have brainstormed ideas for a personal narrative, it's time to decide which one to write about. Follow along as the instructor explores the thought process involved in choosing the topic that...
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Silly Stories

For Students Pre-K - 4th Standards
Young writers get a jump start on story telling by selecting a plot, a setting, and multiple character cards and then use these basic elements to create a tale.
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Young Writer's Workshop Writing Prompt Worksheet

For Students 4th - 5th
In this young writer's workshop worksheet, students write a response to the prompt, "Aga Panthis looked at the butterflies and she looked at the flowers. She thought..." They see a picture of a young lady looking at butterflies and...
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The Misunderstood Adolescent Writer: Special Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
All young authors experience the frustration of feeling absolutely misunderstood at least once. Your class can experience themselves as writers through a literary analysis and writing project. They read a story about a misunderstood...
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Providing Effective Feedback to the Youngest of Writers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Primary grade children can excel as writers when presented with thoughtful and age-appropriate feedback.
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Teaching Writing: Is There a Right Way?

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Delve into CCSS by implementing a writer's workshop model complete with mini-lessons, shared writing experiences, and author celebrations.
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Young Writers Unite

For Students 5th - 6th
In this young writers worksheet, student publish their work at an online site. They read the question and answer section, read some of the stories at the site, and publish a story for submission.
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Tell the Story - The Cows Go Shopping

For Students K - 2nd
Will Casey get a can of clover? After examining the provided writing prompt about Casey's trip to the grocery store, young writers must decide what happens next and tell their story with words and pictures.
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Create Your Own Fantasy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young writers get an opportunity to create their own characters, world, and fantasy as part of a study of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. After reviewing the tropes of the genre, they let their imaginations carry them away to a land of...
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Conclude a Persuasive Essay

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
If only writing a conclusion were as simple as saying The End. Model how to conclude a persuasive essay by summarizing main ideas and making a plea for action with the fifth lesson in this writing series. Consider pausing the video and...
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Something Green

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Kermit would really enjoy this prompt. Young writers select something green, describe it, identify where it is found and how it is used, and then illustrate their something.
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Conclusions Chart

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
How do you know who done it? This graphic organizer reminds young writers that multiple pieces of evidence are needed to support a conclusion. The chart works equally well for a paragraph or a complete essay.
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Building a Community of Writers

For Teachers 3rd
Emerging writers help create a classroom community of writers willing to take risks with their ideas, voices, and experiences. Use this lesson plan to encourage young writers to give and receive written responses to oral and written...
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Persuasive Writing - Anticipating Opposing Views

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Persuasion, when used effectively, is a powerful and effective tool. In groups, young writers develop a persuasive letter about something that they would like their parents to allow them to do. Then, independently, they use proper...
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Lesson Plan 5: Creating a Supporting Character

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
As a class, young writers learn how to develop a strong supporting character. They think and discuss a good friend they know, they use that friend as a basis for a potential supporting character. They create a supporting character as a...
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The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Young Readers Edition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. A useful set of lesson plans encourage young readers to take a second look at their eating habits. Pre- and post-reading questions bring in reflective writing and discussion while extension...
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Develop Support for Your Argument

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
How can you get young writers to come up with on-topic supporting details? Ask them to turn the topic sentence into a question and provide an answer to that question! If their answer proves the topic true, they can add more answers; if...
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Elements of Fiction

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The metaphor of a pot of soup and a series of colorful templates remind young writers of the elements that make for a rich story. Pepper the plot with carrot/character, potato/point of view, corn/conflict, tomato/theme, and season with...
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R.A.C.E. Writer's Checklist and Organizer

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young writers will surely remember this acronym while they are writing! Each letter prompts pupils to include a different aspect of a brief constructed response. The resource includes a checklist as well as a graphic organizer that...
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Revising vs. Editing

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Are your young writers unsure of what to look for when asked to edit a draft of writing? Direct them to this simple and attractive printable, which uses two acronyms—ARMS (add, remove, move, substitute) and CUPS capitalize, usage,...
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Young Writer's Worksheet- Writing Prompt- Decorating Easter Eggs

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this young writer's workshop worksheet, students write an open response to the prompt, "Edgar liked to decorate eggs. His favorite part was..." They see a picture of an Easter rabbit using various colors to decorate eggs at the top of...
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Habits of Mind

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
There is more than one way to approach a problem. Explore the habits of mind as they relate to the methods of approaching learning, and to how young writers can develop success once they learn to foster each skill.
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Planning and Drafting a Personal Narrative

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Bring your learners together to write a class narrative about the first day of school. Start off by teaching them about sequence with a quick oral activity. Then, work together to fill out a story map. Finally, compose the class...
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The Writer’s Toolbox: What You Need to Master the Craft

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Strengthen your high schoolers' writing with a series of steps for writing successfully. With sections on organizing an essay, choosing a topic, crafting a thesis statement, and revising a draft, the activity encourages your class to...
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Using the Internet to Challenge Young Writers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Designed as a professional development exercise to introduce teachers to the Internet, the activities in this resource ask novice web surfers to access a series of sites, bookmark them, and answer question about information found on the...
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Story Starter: Stop Sign

For Students K - 2nd Standards
If you're looking for simple writing prompts for young children then stop right there, because we have what you need. Including a picture of a stop sign and four sets of handwriting lines, this exercise asks young writers to produce...
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Monster Party Story Starter

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers can contemplate a cartoon zombie's brain while they write a creative story. The theme is Halloween and the issue is that the writer invited real monsters to his or her party. Big mistake! Or was it?
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7 Day Diary Writing Frame

For Students 1st - 4th
Young writers construct and illustrate a personal diary using the pages provided by the included templates.
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Benjamin Franklin: Writer, Inventor, and Founding Father

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine being a writer, inventor, businessman, and the founding father of an entire nation! Pupils analyze the life and activities of Benjamin Franklin. Primary documents, videos, and paintings open up the world of Franklin to young...
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Winter Attack

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
A pack of hungry wolves surround a panicked buffalo – who will come out alive? Have your young writers narrate this nature scene, taking the point of view of either a wolf or the buffalo. Perfect for a narrative writing unit or for your...
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How Do Authors Use Imagery to Shape Their Writing?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Esther Forbes' award-winning Revolutionary War novel, Johnny Tremain and excerpts from Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine are used to model how imagery brings alive the setting of a story. The young writers then craft their own...
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Using Figurative Language

For Students 4th - 8th
Adding details and figurative language makes any story more fun to read! After reading two versions of the same story, one devoid of figurative language and one embellished, young writers are asked to add alliteration, hyperbole,...
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The Magic Egg

For Students 2nd - 5th
A butterfly? A dragon? A golden fairy? Young writers create a tale about a magic egg, its contents, and what happens next. No yoke.
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A Special Summer Day

For Students 3rd - 5th
Young writers craft the story of a special summer day, detailing the event and why the day was so memorable.
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Publishing Historical Fiction Narratives

For Teachers 4th Standards
Class members discover what it means to publish their works. Working on a computer, young writers use an online dictionary to edit their spellings and conventions based on the information added to the rubric. From here, and for the...
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Personal Narrative Writing Prompts

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Looking for stimulating writing prompts that won't make young writers cringe? A set of five personal narrative writing prompts engages pupils in analyzing, thinking, connecting, and writing about particular topics. Each prompt begins...
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Upper and Lowercase Rr

For Students Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Give young writers a boost in tracing and writing upper and lowercase letters with a worksheet featuring the letter R. 
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650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
An extensive list of narrative prompts is just what you need to inspire young writers to tell their stories. Arranged by topic, the questions are sure give them something to talk about.
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Writing with Interjections

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Challenge young writers to craft original sentences using interjections from a list provided on a colorful worksheet.
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How to Write a “Favorite Things” List Poem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
If your students made a list of their favorite things, would writing poetry be on it? After this poetry writing lesson, it might! Young writers make a list of what they like—or what they don't like—before crafting the list into a rhyming...
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Writing Riddles

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
What's got 60 eyes, 150 fingers, and an endless number of ideas? Your language arts class! Challenge young writers to come up with clever riddles with an online poetry lesson.
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1: Drafting the Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
Young writers use the class time to complete a draft argumentative essay.  In answer to the Pygmalion end-of-unit prompt they discuss the change seen in Eliza's inner identity. 
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Brainstorm Possible Story Ideas for a Response to a Narrative Prompt

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Batten down the hatches, there's a storm brewing. Young writers learn how to brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative in the second lesson of this writing series. Watch the video and follow along with the instructor as she explains her...
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“I Can” Common Core! 2nd Grade Writing

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Monitor the growth of young writers with this Common Core writing standards checklist. Written as I can statements, this resource provides second graders with clear goals for developing their writing skills.
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Writer's Guide: Conventions

For Students 5th - 7th
Complete an activity to reinforce the conventions of written English. Young writers review the conventions of writing and strategies to improve their writing. They complete 3 writing activities to reinforce the concept. 
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Mystery Story Starters

For Students 3rd - 12th
"It was a dark and stormy night . . " Here's a great way to get kids started on their who-done-its—a whole packet of story starters awaits young mystery writers.
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Launching Writing Workshop Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Launch a year-long writing program with a narrative writing unit that introduces young writers to the systems, routines, and procedures of the writing workshop.
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The Joy Luck Club: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young...
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Blackout Poetry: Re-Envisioning Writing

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Shed light on the beauty of language with a great poetry activity. After learning about Austin Kleon's blackout poetry model, pupils respond to some of his poetry and uses it as a model to produce their own. Young writers also share...
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Adventures in Creating Hypertext Stories

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Use hypertext to make a multimedia choose-your-own adventure story! Young writers incorporate knowledge of story writing elements to write their own stories, and rewrite the adventure with various scenarios and endings. Use technology to...
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Math News

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young writers design and publish a newsletter with articles that demonstrate knowledge of mathematical concepts. They explain mathematical procedures and basic operations in a news article format. Next, they compile several articles to...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
When is a staple remover a fanged monster? In your ELA classroom when you're teaching this fun figurative language instructional activity, of course! Get your young writers using figurative language by making a game of it. Give groups a...
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Kid-Code: Developmentally Appropriate Spelling

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Carefully balanced, developmentally appropriate spelling lessons and expectations can keep young writers focused!
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Simile and Metaphor

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young poets use word cards to prompt a metaphor poem comparing to very dissimilar items.
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Examining Models: Criteria for Success for Our Explanatory Paragraphs

For Teachers 4th Standards
Following up their writing of a school constitution, fourth graders prepare to write a paragraph explaining the document to their peers. After looking at two writing samples, the teacher assists learners in developing their own criteria...
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Reading: The Beginnings of a Writer

For Students 2nd - 4th
For this reading: beginnings of a writer worksheet, students read a short biography of J.K. Rawlings and answer true and false comprehension questions. Students answer ten questions.
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Diary of a Young Girl Study Questions & Essay Topics

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive literature learning exercise, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Narrowing a Topic & The Importance of Audience

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Help your young writers through the sometimes difficult process of beginning to write. Direct them through how to choose a topic and write to a specific audience. Great refining statements guide them to writing focused, clear essays. 
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Setting Worksheet

For Students 5th - 10th
Set your class up for success with writing descriptive settings with these two graphic organizers. On the first page, writers note specifc details about their chosen setting and comment on how each character views the setting. The second...
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Comparing Myths With Legends

For Students 4th - 6th
Here's a prewriting activity that gets kids thinking about how to craft their own myth or legend. After charting the similarities and differences of various elements in the two types of stories they have read, writers use the provided...
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Compose an Original Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two sonnets, both alike in structure, are now the foundations of an assignment that asks young poets to examine the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, as well as "Sonnet 16," and then to craft their own following the rhyme scheme and rhythm...
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Language Arts: Writing Through Reading

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Improve writing skills using methods from Robert Gay's Writing Through Reading; Gay espouses reproducing the work of successful writers to build the ability to convey original ideas effectively. Young writers transcribe, paraphrase, and...
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The Cutting Edge

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young writers examine the writings of Raymond Carver to investigate editing skills. They will develop original sentences. Then read the work of Raymond Carver to edit and analyze the ending. They revise and ending of their original...
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Writing About Literature and Linguistics

For Teachers 4th - 8th
An excellent presentation on styles of writing awaits your young writers. They are coached on all sorts of writing tasks; creating thesis statements, supporting those statements, word choice, and finding sources. Some terrific websites...
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Mandala Autobiography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Encourage your young writers to think beyond the literal level of their experiences by asking them to craft a personal mandala to accompany their autobiographical essays. The process begins with activities that encourage writers to...
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Organizing the Sections of Our Constitution

For Teachers 4th Standards
Young writers use the Iroquois Constitution as a model to help them organize their own class constitution in the seventh lesson of this unit. Using this historic text helps students better understand the structure of this type of...
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Unforgettable...

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Middle and high schoolers remember their most memorable experiences, and then connect their own narrative with an exposition about the topic associated with their experience. This New York Times lesson would be a great addition to your...
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Instruction on Nouns

For Students 2nd - 3rd
More of a short lesson than a worksheet, this exercise gives instruction on the definition of nouns. Young writers discover common, proper, singular, plural, concrete, and abstract nouns. Excellent!
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Hic-Hic-Hooray!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is really the best way to get rid of hiccups? Investigate some old wives' tales and folk remedies related to health. Middle schoolers explore the science behind why people might believe these myths to be true and find the real...
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The Hunt for Capital Letters

For Teachers 1st
An outstanding worksheet for young writers is here for you. In it, learners are coached on when it's necessary to capitalize letters when writing. There is a very good worksheet embedded in the plan to give them extra practice.
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Imagine This

For Teachers 1st
Young writers practice using description words in their writing. After a class discussion, learners complete a graphic organizer that's included in the plan. This is a fine worksheet that is age-appropriate.
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Creating a Heroic Character

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a...
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"Sentences - Can You Make Them?"

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Here is a great lesson on how to make a complete sentence. Young writers "drag and drop" the words using the mouse. This is a fantastic activity to use with "Word Wall Words." It provides practice in making sentences, as well as...
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Fill in the Article

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Articles are used quite often in writing. "A," "an," and "the" are the words identified in this language arts worksheet. Young writers complete sentences with the eight missing articles. A very good worksheet!
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Conjunctions: And, But, and Or

For Students 3rd - 4th
Conjunctions are the focus of this language arts worksheet. Young writers identify the conjunctions in sentences, choose and, but, or or to complete sentences, match two columns of words, and join them with conjunctions to create...
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Editor Travels U.S. Fixing Errors on Signs

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
An interesting article on editors helps young writers understand the conventions of written English. They read a news article about an editor traveling America correcting spelling and punctuation errors on signs.  They discuss proper...
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Fairy Tale Variations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here are two great lessons that work together and are inspired by the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young writers and actors will retell the story of "The Frog Prince" through games, improvisational script writing, and song....
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Imaginative Writing

For Teachers K - 1st
After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar ask your class for help drafting a Very Hungry Teacher story using a flow map. Then set your young writers to developing their own version of a Very Hungry story. Extensions include peer editing,...
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Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson plan has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance...
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Writing Lesson Plan: Stop and Go: Capitals and Periods

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Examine writing using a fun, interactive format. Young writers choose a piece of their own writing to proofread for initial capitals and final periods they left out. They work independently using green stickers to add capitals and red...
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Writing a Story

For Teachers K - 2nd
A terrific and meaningful presentation on story writing awaits your class. This really is a good one! Young writers are led through a series of slides that do a terrific job of teaching story elements, but the slides also stimulate their...
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Improve Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Help your young writers improve their writing skills by showing this great PowerPoint. It includes various tips to improve writing: varying sentence length, beginning with a verb, and lots more! This is a wonderful presentation to show...
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Nouns

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Here is an outstanding presentation on nouns for your young writers. After discovering that a noun names a person, place, or thing, learners practice identifying nouns by choosing the noun from a list that describes a picture they are...
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The Big Bad Wolf and the Friendly Letter

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
A terrific presentation on the teaching of friendly letter writing. Learners engage in a PowerPoint that is part story, part writing exercise. There are lots of great tips on how to construct a letter, and young writers are encouraged to...
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Planning Writing: Bullfrog Information Paragraph

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Lesson ten in this unit for the book Bullfrogs at Magnolia Circle, prepares third graders to begin writing an informational paragraph about the adaptations of bullfrogs. First, young writers work either independently or in pairs to...
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End of Unit Assessment: On-Demand Paragraph Writing

For Teachers 4th Standards
In a two-part instructional activity, fourth graders are first assessed on their ability to produce an explanatory paragraph and then participate in a gallery walk, presenting their final constitution paragraphs to their peers. To...
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Identify the Different Parts of an Opinion Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This is an excellent resource to begin your next essay writing venture! Your young writers will not only learn to identify the key parts of a thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, and elaboration, but most importantly,...
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Planning and Drafting Explanatory Paragraphs

For Teachers 4th Standards
"I love it when a plan comes together." Building on the previous activity in this unit, young writers use their graphic organizers to create a draft of their constitution explanatory paragraphs. The teacher models this process for the...
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Develop Support for an Argument in Opinion Writing

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This resource provides an excellent explanation of how to begin developing support for main ideas in a writing piece. Young writers will work through a step-by-step process of developing supporting details that serve to prove the topic...
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Draft Body Paragraphs for Argumentative Writing

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
After compiling the necessary research and organizing information in an outline, your young writers will learn how to add context and quality to details in order to construct a well developed paragraph. This is the sixth video in a...
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Write an Introductory Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
In an argumentative essay, the introductory paragraph is the primary opportunity to get your readers' attention and tell them why the issue you are discussing is important. Demonstrate to your young writers how to construct an organized...
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Draft a Concluding Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
"A weak conclusion leaves the reader with an unfinished argument." Don't let your young writers fall into this trap! This is a great method for writing a concluding paragraph to an argumentative essay, which includes summarizing the main...
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Support and Develop a Topic Using Details and Information

For Students 4th Standards
In the second of five videos, young writers get insight into how to support an expository response with close reading to find concrete details. A summary of a four-part writing process begins the lesson, and identifies that what they'll...
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Narrative Essay Worksheets

For Students 2nd - 10th
Finding a good sample narrative essay can be a challenge. Here's a fine resource that models for young writers how to hook readers' attention and how to use words that show rather than tell. A great addition to your curriculum library.
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A Conceit Poem

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Young writers needn't be self-involved to craft a conceit. Directions for how to craft this form of extended metaphor, models, and a worksheet are all included in the packet.
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Peer Critique: Historical Accuracy of Ideas and Vocabulary

For Teachers 4th Standards
Promotes collaboration in the classroom with a historical fiction instructional activity. Fourth graders partner up and read the other's narrative, in order to give feedback on vocabulary choice and accuracy of historical information....
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Persuasive Writing - Introductory Paragraph Review

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Master a well-organized thesis statement with a short activity for a persuasive writing unit. Young writers read five different introductory paragraphs about various topics, find the main ideas addressed in each thesis statement, and jot...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
You can't read Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without craving the rich treats described in Dahl's vivid prose. Young writers try their hands at sensory language with a lesson plan that prompts them to write about their...
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Creative Convincing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers will love examining  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type for examples of good persuasive writing. Generally, when we write persuasive pieces, there are common words we use. Encourage your writers to identify these words and...
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Creating "Golden Shovel" Poems

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Get even your most reluctant pupils reading, writing, reciting, and maybe even enjoying poetry! A four day lesson plan, young writers learn about Golden Shovel poems: a poem format that uses borrowed words from other poems as the last...
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How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective

For Teachers 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...
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Haiku: Lesson Plan for Teachers

For Teachers 1st - 9th
After examining winning entries to the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition, young poets try their hand at this fixed form.
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The Young Writer's Workshop: Let's Argue

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars practice writing using a guided writing worksheet that helps them examine problems of human space exploration. They isolate lexical chunks used for writing about problems and write paragraphs of their own. Students write a...
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Cite Research Sources Used in an Informational Text

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Cite your sources! This resource conveys to young writers the importance of citing sources that they used to write an informational piece. While it only offers an abbreviated method of the process, you can follow up in greater detail...
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Comma Usage

For Students 4th - 10th Standards
Sometimes it feels like young writers just place commas as they please! Ensure that your pupils uses these important punctuation marks properly by requiring them to study the information here and complete the grammar exercise....
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Chateau Meddybemps Young Writers Workshop

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
In this writing template worksheet, students draw an illustration and use the lines provided to write a story. This template can be used in various ways as part of Writer's Workshop.
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Young Writer's Workshop- Writing Prompt Worksheet- Art Museum

For Students 4th - 5th
In this writer's workshop writing prompt, worksheet students response and extend a writing prompt that says, "Curt and his mom walked through the art museum looking at paintings. Curt said, 'I think I could...'"
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Young Writer's Workshop Writing Prompt Worksheet- Monkeys at the Zoo

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this writer's workshop worksheet, students write an open response essay to extend the prompt, "Two monkeys were loose at the zoo and they..." They see a picture of two monkey wreaking havoc on an man sitting on a bench in the zoo.
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Red Riding Hood in China

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Inspire young writers to compose their own version of the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood." They begin by reading "Little Red Riding Hood" and the Chinese version <i>Lon Po Po</i>, then they compare and contrast the two...
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I'm a Changed Pig - Personal Narrative

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers explore character arcs, conflict, and narrative in this complete and ready-to-use lesson plan from Scholastic. As a class read The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and discuss the dramatic change the pig undergoes...
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Revising for Organization and Style: Bold Beginnings

For Teachers 4th Standards
Get young writers thinking about how to write a great beginning for their narratives. After examining examples of strong beginnings in literary text, young writers discuss the criteria for a compelling introduction. Then, independently,...
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4th Grade Personal Narrative

For Students 4th Standards
Throughout 10 lessons, fourth graders learn how to plan, organize, write, and edit their own personal narratives. In the beginning, young writers come up with ideas of personal experiences and the emotions linked with those experiences....
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Persuasive/Argumentative Essay vs. Opinion writing

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Reinforce persuasive and argumentative writing skills with this lesson, which utilizes SchoolNet News Network's website/SNN Monthly magazine. Young writers review journalism writing styles that help them explain that writing a persuasive...
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Are you the oldest in your family? The youngest? The middlest? How do you feel about your place in your family? After reading such stories as My Rotten, Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by...
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Writing: Mentor Text Lesson & Microteaching

For Teachers 3rd
Mentor texts are a great way to demonstrate how to write with purpose. Pupils will be reintroduced to two well-known books and then asked to think about them from the writer's point of view. They will see that the author had to use basic...
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Squiggles

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Young writers use their own creative vision and talent to turn a squiggle into a masterpiece. After listening to the book Squiggles, by Carole Lexa Schafer, class members create a squiggle, add color and details, and draft their story in...
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Scripting The Great Train Robbery

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Take writing prompts to another level in this activity, which allows pupils to create scenes of dialogue based on the 1903 silent film, The Great Train Robbery. Useful for a language arts/history cross-curricular activity, the lesson...
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Metaphor Meanings

For Students 7th - 8th
Help your young writers decipher the literal meanings of metaphors. After reading several metaphors, learners write the real meanings that the phrases are describing. Use this resource in a figurative language lesson, or when preparing...
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What Is a Simile?

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
As fun as a barrel of monkeys, this figurative language worksheet will engage your learners in learning to write similes. Asking them to first think of adjectives describing the six nouns listed on the page, this exercise has young...
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Using Similes

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Your class will find using similes as easy as pie after completing this figurative language exercise. Provided with a list of incomplete similes, young writers must use their creativity to fill in the blanks with nouns that accurately...
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What Is Hyperbole?

For Students 9th - 12th
What is hyperbole? Your learners are dying to know. After examining several examples of these exaggerated statements, have your class members explain what the phrases really mean and then create some of their own hyperboles. Young...
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Hazel Dickens

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young writers will get a chance to see into the world of a real-life singer/songwriter. Country singer Hazel Dickson discusses her process, writing, inspiration, music, and self expression. A wonderful way to showcase the many avenues...
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Mixing Colors with Little Blue and Little Yellow!

For Teachers K - 1st
Experiment with various colors to create new colors to eventually have your class write their own version of the story by Leo Lionni entitled Petit Bleu et Petit Jaune. Young writers will retell the story and then create their own colors...
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The End

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Kids love to write fantastic and suspenseful stories, but they can sometimes get out of hand and confusing. To clear up all the clutter, they read a wonderful fictitious white-knuckle story and use it as a model for their own tales of...
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Great Expectations: Group Writing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Examine the differences between totalitarianism and democracy in this writing lesson. Using the same format and theme from Great Expectations, young writers work in pairs to compose their own short stories. They follow guidelines for the...
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Writing: Supporting a Position

For Students 6th - 8th
Use this writing skills worksheet to work on persuasive writing techniques. Middle schoolers read a short persuasive selection about Star Wars, and then they identify the evidence the author uses to support his or her position. Young...
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My First Book

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce young writers to the process of writing a book. Start by reading a book of your choice and discussing the essential elements of any book such as the cover, story, and illustrations as well as who is responsible for each...
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Outlining Main Ideas and Details

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this lesson. After discussing main ideas and seeing examples, young writers go through a sample outline and discuss the way to properly format a piece of writing. They then create...
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Making Magical Creatures Talk

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Invite your young writers to take the reins with writing dialogue. Using two characters of their own creation, kids work with partners and then individually to write short conversations.
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Bucket List Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 10th
What is on your pupils' "Bucket Lists" - the list of things they want to do before they die? Their choices of activities for this list could be very revealing, and is a great source of inspiration for a personal poem. The lesson prompts...
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Story Pyramids

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers generate descriptive words. They use pictures of various landscapes (from books, magazines, or the Internet) and complete a story pyramid. The pyramid (included here) asks to describe the main character, the setting, and...
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Synonyms

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Similes and Synonyms are the focus of this language arts presentation. After being introduced to similes and how they work, young writers practice writing similes about the sun by using phrases such as, "The sun is like a golden ring...
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Semicolon Usage

For Students 7th - 9th
Are your young writers afraid of semicolons? Show them the proper way to use these useful punctuation points when linking ideas together. Outlining both rules and examples, this resource is a great way to show your pupils how to vary...
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Writing Process- Expository Writing

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Expository writing is the focus of the language arts lesson plan presented here. In it, young writers review what expository writing is through a class discussion and teacher demonstration. Then, learners write expository text that...
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Planning Writing: Making Notes for the Accessing Books Around the World Informative Paragraph

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Encourage your young writers to thoughtfully plan and organize their work. First, model how this is done and vocalize your thought process as you work. Next, create a class list of strategies that they can use during independent writing...
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Writing Letters to the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
To celebrate National Poetry Month, young writers focus on the role letter writing has played in the development of poets. They begin by journaling three to five associations to a writing prompt that requires them to identify their...
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Toshi Reagon

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Singer songwriter Toshi Reagon says that if the music is the car, the words are the fuel. Have kids see what the collaborative writing and music process looks in action. Toshi shares her process, issues she faces, and how she writes...
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Group Details to Support Your Answer

For Students 4th Standards
In the third of a five-part series on writing informational essays, writers focus on drafting and revising a body paragraph in response to a question about a text. An instructor walks through how to support their answers to questions...
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Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Craft a Sequence of Events in a Story

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Developing a clear sequence of events is essential for any narrative writer. The fourth lesson in this series helps learners write about the key events of The Story of Dr. Dolittle using transitional words and phrases. Pause the video to...
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On-Demand Persuasive Writing Samples

For Students 6th - 7th Standards
Young writers complete a timed persuasive writing assignment in which they argue for a club they would like to see established at school, and are then provided with real student samples of responses. 
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Diary Writing

For Students 2nd - 4th
As part of their reading of Michael Morpurgo's novel Kensuke's Kingdom, young castaways create diary entries describing their own time left alone on an island.
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Couplet

For Students 3rd - 7th
This, the fourth in a series of ten poetry writing activities, asks young poets to craft couplets.
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Images of Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Using a simple yet solid lesson plan, pupils discuss poetic devices and imagery in modern day poetry using "Morning", written by Billy Collins. After analyzing this piece, your young writers will then write their own poems reflecting a...
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Revising for Organization and Style: Exciting Endings

For Teachers 4th Standards
Young writers compose a gripping ending to their historical fiction narratives. Following the previous lesson plan, in which learners wrote a bold beginning, class members examine exciting endings from literary text. They then draft...
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Valentine’s Day: Someone I Like

For Students K - 1st Standards
Love is in the air! Young learners use the provided worksheet to identify someone they like, explain why, and then create an illustration to accompany their Valentine's Day tribute.
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Walk Two Moons: Biopoem

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers describe the characters of Walk Two Moons as they write biopoems. Following the pattern provided, young writers depict their chosen characters' traits and experiences to make their poems unique.
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Take Five: Writing a Color-Coded Paragraph

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Use a traffic light to model a very basic paragraph plan. The Go, or topic sentence, is written in green and expresses an opinion about the topic. Information that supports the opinion of the Go sentence is written in yellow and the...
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Writing Process: Edit

For Students 1st - 3rd
Teach comparative and superlative adjectives with this writing process practice activity. Young writers read five sentences and correct each one. In order to correct each sentence, learners must change the adjective to either a...
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Songwriting Skill - Elaboration: Vanessa Hudgens - “Sneakernight”

For Teachers 5th - 10th
The second in a series of nine exercises designed to develop songwriting skills introduces the idea of elaboration. After a close reading and discussion of the elaborations in Vanessa Hudgens' "Sneakernight," young songwriters practice...
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Student Opinion: What Teacher Do You Appreciate?

For Students 7th - 12th
This online resource is composed of a writing sample about teacher appreciation and a writing prompt for learners. You could use this as an in-class journal activity or you could have class members post their responses on the New York...
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Pirate Dictionary

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Shiver me timbers, this here resource is a great way to teach young landlubbers to speak the language of the briny deep. Including over 30 different words and phrases, complete with definitions and guide words, this dictionary will have...
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A New Year's Time Capsule

For Teachers K - 1st
Time capsules are fun for any age, but a capsule for the new year is perfect for very young kids. With some help from a parent, they fill out their name and the date along with all their favorites. Learners also complete information like...
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Trait Practice: Sentence Fluency

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Do your young writers need a little help varying their sentence structure? Have them work on common errors, sentence fluency, and writing patterns with a series of language arts activities. The resource includes reading passages as well...
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Creating a Newspaper

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Get the scoop with a fun, engaging newspaper project. After analyzing the parts of a newspaper, including the headline, subtitles, and pictures or images, young journalists get to work by writing their own stories in a newspaper article...
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Purpose and Tone

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
A powerful image or well-placed comment always has intention behind it. Guide young readers through author's purpose and tone with a language arts video that explains why word choice is key in writing clearly and coherently.
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Acrostic Poetry

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
An acrostic poem is the focus of a instructional activity designed to encourage scholars to express themselves through poetry. Using their name, young writers brainstorm adjectives that best describe them then share their work with their...
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What Makes Me Happy Today?

For Students K - 6th Standards
Here's a worksheet that will put sunshine on papers and smiles on the faces of young learners as they draw pictures and write a short explanation of what makes them happy today. A great way to show gratitude for the good things in life.
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Keeping Yourself Organized During Writer's Workshop

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Writer's Workshop can be a wonderful way to develop a classroom of authors.
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Young Writer's Workshop Writing Prompt Worksheet- The Crocodile and the Bird

For Students 4th
In this young writer's workshop worksheet, students respond to the following prompt; "The crocodile was enjoying the warm sunshine. The bird said..." They see a picture of a crocodile talking to at bird at the top of the page.
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Young Writer's Workshop- Writing Prompt Worksheet- Rocks and Gems

For Students 4th - 5th
In this young writer's workshop worksheet, students write a response to the prompt, "Tina looked at all the beautiful rocks and gems. She wanted to buy one for..."
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Young Writer's Workshop- Writing Prompts- Dog Tricks

For Students 4th - 5th
In this young writer's workshop worksheet, students write an open response essay in response to the prompt, "Kelly the dog liked to do tricks. She could..."
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Creating a Writer's Notebook

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Writer's notebooks are a way to unleash the "author" in all your students.
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Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Do your young authors suffer from writer's block when they try to write short stories? Access their natural creativity with C-Gor, the writing monster! The instructional activity takes aspiring authors through a new writing process...
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Introductions and Conclusions

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Review three areas of difficulty for any young writer: introductions, conclusions, and those pesky transitions. There are a few slides of explanation for each of these sections followed by a plethora of examples for young writers to...
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Encouraging Students to Embrace Their Inner Author

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Everyone is a writer! Youngsters compose an original piece of writing. In this writing instructional activity, they come up with their own idea for a piece of writing, revise it, and then publish it with illustrations. This instructional...
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Introductory Paragraph

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Good introductory paragraphs hook the reader’s attention, explain the purpose of the paper, express the writer’s opinion about the topic, and indicate the main arguments that the writer will use to support the opinion. Follow the script...
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Quick as a Cricket Lesson Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Teaching young learners about similes is easy as pie with this primary grade language arts lesson. Following a class reading of the children's book, Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, young readers learn the definition of a simile as...
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Persuasive And Presidential Writing

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Writing a persuasive essay is an important skills for young writers to learn. This lesson encourages writers to choose one more president of the United States who they feel is worthy of having their face added to the famous Mt. Rushmore...
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Fractured Fairy Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Through reading and writing, learners explore common elements found in fairy tales. After discussing traditional fairy tales, class members listen to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka, a hilarious retelling of the...
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The Personal Narrative - Part Five

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Create a class anthology with your young writers. In this personal narrative lesson, each writer reflects on actions and events from their own lives and chronicles them in a three-part written sequence. They create a table of contents...
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Writing a High-Quality 5 Sentence Paragraph

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Research a musician and write about him or her in this engaging activity, which guides young writers through the steps of the writing process. After filling out a brainstorming graphic organizer, writers discuss their ideas with a...
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Personification

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young writers discover that personification is when a writer gives an object the qualities of a person. After practicing identifying personification in many of the slides, individuals compose their own poem that uses this technique. They...
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Basic Five Paragraph Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your young writers to the basic five-paragraph essay. The fun part of this presentation is the stance of the essay used to illustrate the format. The writer of the model essay contends that the Twilight series is a terrible...
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Revising: Strong Conclusions for My Accessing Books Around the World Informative Paragraph

For Teachers 3rd Standards
It's important that writers leave their readers with a strong and satisfying conclusion. Help your young writers develop the skills to compose a concluding sentence with the steps outlined here. After class members have had a chance to...
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Write a First Draft of an Informational Text

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
After you've done your research and written a detailed outline, how do you turn it into an actual an essay? This can be a tricky step for many writers, but this resource can help you and your class take the first step in attacking the...
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Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Young writers often construct papers that lack focus and organization. While a thesis statement is designed to combat this issue, it is important that writers ask themselves the following questions: Did I state what I will be arguing?...
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Prewriting Web

For Teachers 4th - 12th
To accomplish great things, and to produce great essays, writers plan. Introduce your young writers to the prewriting stage of the writing process with a template that asks them to brainstorm and list as many ideas as possible....
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Persausive Writing

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A unit on persuasive writing guides elementary learners through the writing process. The first part examines the elements of persuasive writing, including expressing an opinion, connecting ideas, using supporting facts, and writing...
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"Would You Rather?" Writing Prompts

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Would you rather eat a cricket or a worm? Have your young writers decide and write about why. Choose from 35 different writing prompts to spark interest and creativity. Even your most reluctant writers are sure to enjoy. Each prompt also...
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50 Month-by-Month Draw and Write Prompts

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Use a set of 50 writing prompts all year long with topics including back to school, the 100th day of school, and everything in between. This must-have resource is sure to get young writers on their way to becoming experienced writers.
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Spelling 4

For Students K - 1st
Young writers are given a list of eight spelling words. They must write each word three times each, then come up with a rhyming word for each. At the bottom of the worksheet, they must trace four pentagons, and write some simple digits...
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Making Your Writing Easier to Read

For Teachers K - 1st
Hook your young learners with this fun opening activity! Then pass out the space man (a drawing of a man on a popsicle stick). Young writers can use the space man when writing to make sure there is enough space between their words. What...
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Trace the Letter d

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Delight your developing docents with this tracing worksheet focused on the lower-case d. After exploring how the "magic pencil" writes, young writers try a few on their own. Young scholars trace letters to complete four CVC words. At the...
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Tracing the Letter a

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Cap, Rat, Pan, Sat...young writers practice their letters in this tracing worksheet focused on the lower-case a. They examine how the "magic pencil" writes, then try a few on their own. Consider using an actual "magic pencil" to...
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Trace Letter j

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Watch the magic pencil! Young writers practice letters with this tracing worksheet focused on lower-case j. They examine how the "magic pencil" writes, then try a few on their own. Consider using an actual "magic pencil" to demonstrate,...
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Your Mighty Teeth

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Why do we need our teeth? For this first of four lessons, young learners are introduced to the different ways we rely on our pearly whites. The class is initially engaged with a mystery box activity, which leads into a discussion about...
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Writing a Myth

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Tap into the imaginative minds of young learners with a creative writing activity. After reading the myth Giants and Mosquitoes, this student guide supports young writers as they brainstorm and develop their very own creation myths....
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Warm Thoughts About the Cold

For Teachers 6th - 11th
“What do you think life is like at the South Pole?” After responding to this journal prompt, class members read and discuss the New York Times article, “At South Pole, New Home for a New Era.” Using resources available from the Times’...
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Story Starters

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here you will find a set of brilliant story starters which can be used to give children ideas for a story. There are ten story starters all together, and each one of them should tickle the imagination of your young writers. Sometimes, a...
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In Other Words: Using a Thesaurus

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Help your young writers stay engaged with their writing through the practical use of a thesaurus. They work to reinforce the use of synonyms as a way of making writing more interesting and to determine word meaning by finding synonyms....