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Getting Hooked, Introduction for a Narrative
How can you interest your reader? Here is a great lesson plan 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.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 47 Views 443 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Paragraph Writing, Part 1: How Esperanza Responds on the Train (Revisiting Chapter 5: "Las Guayabas/Guavas")
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.
5th - 7th Language Arts 71 Views 92 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Take Five: Writing a Color-Coded Paragraph
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.
K - 5th Language Arts 90 Views 689 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings
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.
5th - 9th Language Arts 7 Views 28 Downloads
End-Of-Unit 2 Assessment: On-Demand Analytical Essay About How Esperanza Changes Over Time
Close the unit on Esperanza Rising with an in-class analytic essay on how Esperanza changes over the course of the novel. Writers can use any of their notes and work from the unit as well as their drafts of the first two paragraphs of the essay to aid them in composing the final product.
5th - 7th Language Arts 33 Views 51 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Looking for a simple graphic organizer for your persuasive writers? This handout asks the writer to identify his or her topic, two different points of view, and his or her position before diving into the introduction, body, and conclusion. Although simple, you could still use this handout for middle schoolers, too!
4th - 9th Language Arts 26 Views 807 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Learn the Steps to Clear Essay Writing!
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.
3 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 42 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing: Essay Introductions and Conclusions
Middle schoolers use writing techniques worksheets to help them identify the components of the introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs of an essay. After this guided practice, they craft their own concluding paragraphs and exchange their work with classmates for peer review.
5th - 8th Language Arts 79 Views 604 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way
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! Intended for use with a SMART board (but not restricted to it), the instructional activity takes aspiring authors through a new writing process called C-Gor (Character, Goals, Obstacles, Results).
7th - 9th Language Arts 75 Views 343 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan 12: Beginnings
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).
6th - 9th Language Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
Grade 4: Module 2A: Unit 1: Lesson 7 Paragraph Writing: The Role of Religion in Colonial America
Informative writing is emphasized in the standards. Help your learners reach that goal with the plan for paragraph writing outlined here. After reviewing the work from the day before and adding to their vocabulary notebooks, class members examine a model paragraph and then write and share organized, informative paragraphs about religion in colonial America.
4th Language Arts 60 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Constructing a paragraph from notes using close reading skills and visible thinking strategies is the focus of a great plan that is part of a larger unit. In earlier lessons, 4th graders deconstructed informational text and learned how to take notes on graphic organizers.
4th Language Arts 83 Views 192 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Writing a Backwards Poem using "Holes" by Louis Sachar
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.
5th - 7th Language Arts 5 Views 57 Downloads
Truth Be Told
Encourage your middle and high schoolers to share their memories of a recent event. After reading a New York Times article, they discuss Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night. They write their own memoir about a significant event that affected their school or community.
6th - 12th Language Arts 66 Views 460 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Write with Writers
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.
3rd - 7th Language Arts 18 Views 221 Downloads
Different Types of Writing
What type of writing is this? Learners read a brief introduction to various types of text: instructions, explanations, poems, folk tales, novels, informative, and arguments. The introduction doesn't explain these, so consider going over them first.
4th - 6th Language Arts 28 Views 193 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Writing Process
The writing process can be daunting for many young learners. This presentation breaks it down into seven manageable steps, including examples that clearly model the process for young writers. Present this resource to your class in the fall and use it to guide student writing throughout the year.
4th - 6th Language Arts 51 Views 43 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
K - 4th Language Arts 17 Views 147 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Hooks with Books: Never Judge a Book by its Cover
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.
5th - 8th Language Arts 22 Views 42 Downloads
Paragraph Writing Instruction
Writing a paragraph from details found directly in a text is the central focus of this thorough and explicit lesson plan. Using the stories Nasreen's Secret School and Rain School, third graders are lead step-by-step through the basics of paragraph writing.
3rd Language Arts 137 Views 232 Downloads CCSS: Designed