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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 lesson 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 instructional activity, students fill in the blank in the first sentence based on what the second sentence is saying. Students complete 10 multiple choice question.
Encourage focus and organization in the writing of your second, third, and fourth grade classes. Learners are asked to select a room in their house and narrow in on how it looks, smells, or feels. After writing a short paragraph describing one aspect of the room, learners read through the list of questions to see if they crafted an organized paragraph. They rewrite their paragraph to make it more organized. 
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.
Are your class members nervous about writing essays? Provide a template for the five-paragraph essay to ease their nerves. The slides in this presentation do just that and color-code the process. A fairly long PowerPoint, you might go over one paragraph of the format per day.
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!
Vivid descriptions are the heart of good writing. Present your class members four telling sentences and work with them to transform the samples into strong showing writing.
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?
A clear and straightforward informational presentation on persuasive writing, this resource would be a strong start to a persuasive writing unit. Class members take notes on format and content, including the three appeals. Note: Provide relevant examples to help the information stick. 
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.

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