file contains 50 quotes from children's books to be used for
deconstructing and analyzing mentor texts.
Creative Writing Pickle Prompts
This file contains 21 prompts that will put your writers into a
creative pickle. You can cut out the pickles and put them in a
clean, dry pickle jar and place it in your writing center.
Zingers Creative Writing Prompts
Get your students stream of consciousness flowing with 43 creative
writing prompts. Students write without stopping or judging for 7
minutes with these creative zingers.
Up Your Writing ShortsPull up your writing shorts! This 39 page pdf file comes
with 36 lined worksheets with writing prompts for writing a
paragraph and two rubrics for grading. Assign weekly (or
periodic) paragraphs to assess student writing. Use for
class work or homework.
This six page file includes:
(1) Instructions for giving a simple authentic mini test to assess
spelling and conventions.
(2) One example test that is easy to duplicate in order to meet your
student's needs based on your grade level and curriculum.
(3) A testing page for students to write and edit.
(4) An editor's mark card you can copy, cut, and paste into
student's writer's notebooks.
(5) A list of 100 commonly misspelled words.
This is a zip file. It includes Microsoft Word documents for both
2003 and 2007.
This file can be adapted to suit the needs of your grade level and
Teach the Traits of Ideas Mini Lesson
UnitAre you looking for fresh ways to teach the trait of ideas?
Do you need to fit lessons into a writing workshop structure? This
is a 23 day unit plan with writing mini lessons focusing on finding
writing ideas. This unit includes 6 writing project ideas. The unit
is adjustable for grades 3 to 6. Teach all of the lessons, or pick
and choose which lessons will work best for you. All of the lessons
are short and simple. Most of the lessons require little or no
Writing Workshop Peer Critique
Discussion CardsHelp your students focus their writing discussions during
critique groups with 24 peer critique discussion cards. Print them
out and laminate them for durability. Great for 4th - 12th grades!
Writing Storyboard for Students
Available in PowerPoint 2003 & 2007. Students read and follow
the directions on the PowerPoint slides, and fill in the slides with
information about their story in order to create a story board. This
activity helps students to organize their thinking and get them
ready for writing. Add this PowerPoint to your student computers and
use it as a center / station activity or use it as a shared writing
Writing Smartmarks: Bookmarks with a
Smartmarks are bookmarks students use to mark
their place and make notes when they find specific information. Each
Smartmark gives the student a task to complete during their reading.
This set of Smartmarks is designed to help students notice
techniques used by writers. Included in this set are similes,
dialogue tags, dialogue action tags, complex sentences, metaphors,
personification, commas, and sentence fragments.
Punctuation in Dialogue PowerPoint
(03/07)Teach your students the parts of dialogue, punctuation within
dialogue, how to notice and pay attention to written dialogue in
stories, and how to write their own dialogue. This zip file comes
with a PowerPoint (2003 & 2007 versions + a pdf that can be used as
transparencies) presentation that will help you introduce dialogue.
The presentation includes quotes from literature and student tasks
for writing and revision.
Personal Narrative Writing PackThis 8 page Personal Narrative Pack is a lesson plan unit
gives you a basic structure to model, teach, and assign personal
narrative papers. It includes a instructions, handouts, list of
publishing options, list of prompts, and a rubric for grading.
Multi-Genre Writing ProjectThis 10 page Multi Genre Writing Project is a flexible,
generic project that can be adjusted to fit upper elementary, middle
school, high school, or college classes. This project is can be used
in English / Language Arts classes as well as content specific
course. In essences, students read and research a topic or theme,
and write three pieces based on their topic in three different
genres. This unit includes: introduction, genre and topic charts,
instructions, and student handouts.
writers need a framework to help them learn organizational structure. We
developed writing frames based on children's picture books. The frames
give students an opportunity to create a piece of writing within the
structure of a mentor text. Our classroom friendly writing frames will
help kick your student's writing up a notch!
This is a list
of chapter books and novels to read aloud during the school. These
exemplary books are examples of strong, quality writing. Read and
listen for story and voice, for word choice and music. Breathe in
the artistry of the written words and share the finest writing with
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