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Sixth graders explore writing techniques by writing dialogue in class. In this punctuation lesson, 6th graders identify the needs for punctuation within a conversation and create a story with their classmates in which they write dialogue for. Students read the Shel Silverstein story Sleeping Sardines and identify the punctuation used within it.
Learners present a courtroom simulation demonstrating common good, decision making model, opportunity cost, limited resources, pursuit of happiness and civic writing.
Students investigate writing scenarios that can be performed. They examine the parts and levels of scenarios that can actually be performed.
Students participate in the iEARN Project by completing a questionnaire about values and lessons they have learned. They read sample essays by other students in the project about their views on the laws of life. They then write and post their own essays.
Sixth graders read a given passage silently. The student then reads the same passage orally to a partner. The partner records the number of words pronounced incorrectly. The student then sets goals to increase oral reading speed and accuracy.
Fifth graders read several poems by famous poets and identify what about their style makes them unique. They then analyze and compare poetic style, use of forms and themes. Next, 5th graders investigate and collect different examples of word play.
Students examine U.S. foreign policy following World War I. In this foreign policy instructional activity, students study the Five-Power Treaty and the Kellogg-Briand Pact and their effectiveness in preventing war. Students create political cartoons and write essays regarding anti-war sentiment in the U.S.
Young scholars read the book Wilfred Gordon McDonal Patridge about memories and complete a creative writing piece about their own memories. In this memories lesson plan, students use a graphic organizer and edit their stories.
Students examine the Civil Rights Movements in the U.S., both current and historic. In small groups students investigate a specific civil rights group, create an illustrated timeline, noting key events, people, and state and federal laws.
Students anonymously answer a set of questions listing favorite activities and preferences. They exchange papers and attempt to determine certain characteristics of their "mystery" classmate.
First graders listen to traditional and nontraditional Cinderella stories and watch a video entitled "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters." Individually, children draw and illustrate the stories they have heard, create a story sequence, and write vocabulary words. In groups, 1st graders write their own Cinderella story and perform a puppet show for the class. Pupils compare and contrast Cinderella stories.
Fixing incorrect punctuation can be a great way to teach where quotation marks should go when writing dialogue. Learners fix eight sentences, then write a few of their own.
How do your young writers start stories? Give them some new strategies with this plan. Included is a worksheet for them to practice asking questions, writing dialogue, and adding details to start a story. Look at examples of each of these strategies so youngsters can see them in action before they attempt their own! 
  Students listen to books written by Mo Willems each day and discuss the story elements of each.  In this reading strategies instructional activity, students decide after reading through the whole series of books, what their favorite book is and why.     
Well, here is a fun way to practice punctuating dialogue. There are eight different images each containing an incomplete speech phrase. It's up to the kids to conceive and write what the people in each image might say. Tip: Do the activity as a class. Have groups come up and freeze in an action. Have the rest of the class provide dialogue for each scene.
Sixth graders write a narrative from a different point of view. In this point of view lesson, 6th graders read Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg and see how the story changes from an ant's point of view. They write their own stories centered around a holiday theme. 
Compare and contrast two works by the same author, to analyze the use of settings, character action, and theme. The class reads and discusses the books, Because of Figs and Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend, each focused on a girl named Julie. They complete comparison charts as a class and in pairs as they set to write extended stories based predictions of the events in each story. 
Third graders describe how the Rancho period of settlement left its mark on the development of the local community.
Fifth graders participate in shared reading and writing activities using Roald Dahl's, George's Marvelous Medicine. They focus on the use of speech marks, using a new line for speakers, and the correct punctuation. They write dialogue between two of the characters.
Students explore issues such as Tibet's struggle for independence and China's invasion in 1950. They create a KWL chart, explore maps of Tibet, and read articles concerning China, the Dalai Lama, and President Bush's relationship to Tibet. Students create a timeline concerning issues surrounding Tibet.

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