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Beginning a narrative can be scary--or funny, or sad, or filled with fantasy. After being guided through the reading of a variety of first sentences, pupils come up with examples of each type. The young writers then try their hand at crafting different types of beginnings for their narrative. Although the referenced Back to the Beginning worksheet is not included, the concepts in the scripted instructional activity could be used with any narrative writing project.
Adventure into the world of authors! As part of a larger writing unit, this lesson falls on that exhilarating first day the pen hits the paper. But how to begin? Learners share concerns and excitement. They explore the purpose of first sentences and examine several examples on a worksheet (not included, buy it is easily found online). Are they funny? Sad? Mysterious? They complete some fragmented first-sentences, and then consider what type of novel they are writing. Use the remaining time to get your young authors writing their own first sentences!
How can you interest your reader? Here is a great lesson on reading and discussing the characteristics of a narrative. Elementary schoolers explore writing techniques to hook the reader. They identify their hook and share their introductions in small groups. Consider having them practice creating hooks with different types of sentences, too (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and explanatory)! 
Introduce your class to verbal irony and oxymorons in this lesson, which prompts them to write a "backwards poem" based on the novel Holes. After reading the first chapter, discuss the use of irony, beginning with the very first sentence. A sample of a backwards poem, full of oxymorons, demonstrates how to go about writing a poem. A fun part of the lesson includes pairing adjectives with unlike nouns, such as "delicious garbage."
Students discuss the importance of writing clear, well structured essays. They explore the use of introductions and conclusions when writing an essay. Students compose an essay using both introductions and conclusions.
Students explore the writing process. In this writing lesson, students discover how to write compelling introductions and conclusions in their written essays.
In this sentence completion worksheet, students fill in the blank in the first sentence based on what the second sentence is saying. Students complete 10 multiple choice question.
Introduce your young writers to the five-paragraph expository essay format with a four-page worksheet that uses color codes to model for writers how to craft the essay. Although designed to prepare writers for the GED, the approach can be used with any expository writing assignment.
Upper elementary writers analyze effective first sentences, or hooks used to grab a reader's attention. They consider how various written media has used highly topical hooks by comparing the first sentences found in books and newspapers. They use this strategy to build a foundation which will be used in their expository writing at a future time.
When your class members have completed the novel Esperanza Rising, they will be ready to write an expository essay on how Esperanza responds to events and what this says about her character. Set your pupils up for success by starting out with text-dependent questions about the chapter that will be the focus of their writing, in this case chapter five. Then, using the provided graphic organizer, lead them through planning and writing a paragraph that uses evidence effectively. For homework, have them do the same process on their own. A strong scaffolded writing lesson.
Research and write a 500-word essay. Pupils research a topic and write an essay based on their research. They use the given directions and examples to help them research, organize, format, and write their essay. There's a short chart included that highlights signs of a good website and signs of a bad website. Review these with your researchers before they get started. The information highway is getting a bit congested these days!
Engage your learners in writing a set of instructions that relates to their experiences.
Delve into CCSS by implementing a writer's workshop model complete with mini-lessons, shared writing experiences, and author celebrations.
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 Stop, or concluding sentence, is written in red. The instructor models how to use the traffic light to monitor the writing process. Young writers then develop a paragraph independently, or with help, depending on the grade level. Color-coded models are given.
Noah Mills is going to be a new student, and he is very afraid of starting at a new school! Use this prompt to introduce friendly letter writing. After studying the format, classmates write Noah a letter filled with specific details to persuade him that this school is the best. Who can write the best friendly and persuasive letter?
Considering a research paper for freshman and sophomores? Here's a template designed to meet the W.9-10.7 and 8 Common Core writing standards. Writers outline their research question, claims, counterarguments, support, commentary, and conclusions. Completing the template ensures that all aspects of the standard are addressed.
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 speech writing. Links to resources are provided and many extensions ideas are offered.
In this grammar worksheet, students learn about using linking verbs in sentence writing. They then use what they read to answer the 12 problems on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
Drafting a strong first sentence for a summary is an important step. Writers can use the formula presented on this handout to get started. The resource lists three steps to put together a strong topic sentence, as well as tips and hints for the remainder of the summary.
Connect expository writing to a real world skill when the class composes a letter of inquiry. They find the parts of a business letter and work as a class to correct missing parts. After the initial exercise they compose an origial letter of inquiry.

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