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Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach when the adventure begins. A pre-writing worksheet and graphic organizer guides writers to start with strong details and engaging verbs. After writing a first draft, be sure to include the revision and response activity that uses Post-its. The link is provided with the other extension activities.
Explore pre-writing strategies and plan their writing pieces using story maps and webbing techniques. Your kindergartners will be introduced to the basic elements of characters, setting, problems and solutions. This lesson references resources not available in lesson plan.
Poems carved into the wooden walls of the Asian immigrant prisons on Angel Island provide upper elementary graders an opportunity to study not only the story behind the poems but to also focus on the figurative language employed by the poets. Poems, discussion questions, extension activities, a pre-writing graphic organizer, and resource links are included. A powerful, richly detailed lesson.
Fill-out a story map to help your scholars with pre-writing. They will use a story map template to pre-write. They also organize their ideas into steps which become the foundation for their first draft. Concrete objects are brought in to help with the activity. Two other lessons regarding story framework and webbing are included on this webpage.
This resource provides a variety of writing process activities. Learners can read a sample of A to Z brainstorming and practice pre-writing and coming up with topics. In addition, this resource explains editing or proofreading marks and allows novice editors the chance to create their own marks and use them on a classmate's draft. The final page explains an activity in which class members make puzzles for a classroom newspaper.
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion to brainstorm and list the criteria for a good movie. The procedure follows with the reading of a model pet movie review of a fictional remake of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by two off-beat iguanas, Eggbert and Delbert, from the workbook Lights, Camera, Woof! Writing for Pet Entertainment Television. Precise language, supporting evidence, a strong voice, and ability to persuade are targeted skills developed through pre-writing questions. Shared responses in both human and pet voices provide a platform for drafting teacher models that can be reviewed with the included criteria chart. Finish with a class assessment that uses close-reading strategies of highlighting effective text elements. While written primarily for use by middle school learners, the activity can be adapted to younger grades by making expectations developmentally appropriate.
Go through the process of taking a digital picture and then inserting it into a MS Word document. Learners are shown how to use a digital camera, how to download the pictures to a file, and how to insert a picture into a word document using the digital projector and a PC. They use the pre-writing page to create elements of their own mystery.
Help your middle or high school class generate ideas for writing through class discussions. Next, explore organizational strategies to facilitate planning which help learners create a coherent essay complete with introduction, main points, and conclusion. Finally, they develop a thesis to clearly plan their five-paragraph essays using the philosophy discussed in class.
Students discover the elements of an autobiography. In this creative writing lesson, students write about themselves in the early school year to gain confidence and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Students utilize a Life Map to make sure they write efficiently.
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 lesson takes aspiring authors through a new writing process called C-Gor (Character, Goals, Obstacles, Results). They list ten of each, then choose random combinations about which they can write a story. The writing will be zany, creative, and best of all, fun.
Young readers practice getting information from both the text and the illustrations found in books they are reading. They see that quite often, authors use pictures to help them get their writing process started. Youngsters are invited to do the same thing by using drawing as a pre-writing strategy. After teacher-modeling, pupils use a worksheet, embedded in the plan, to help them start a story of their own by first drawing pictures in the spaces provided. A terrific writing lesson plan for the little ones!
Looking for a great lesson on how to write a biography? Here, middle schoolers draw from magazine articles, novels, historical figures, and current events to choose a person, or character to write about in a biography. They follow a specific list of procedures that take them through the pre-writing process all the way through the final draft. The student worksheets embedded in the plan are of particularly good value, and should help each of your writers stay on track and produce excellent results.
Young writers generate descriptive words. They use pictures of various landscapes (from books, magazines, or the Internet) and complete a story pyramid. The pyramid (included here) asks to describe the main character, the setting, and the plot. Use this to write a descriptive story!
Famous quotations by American Presidents are the focus of this Six Trait writing activity, which could be used in a U.S. History class or in language arts. After reading the picture book Theodore by Frank Keating, have your 7th graders research quotes by different Presidents throughout American history. They explore the context of the quote and gather their findings into a final report. All necessary pre-writing activities are included.
Stop the regurgitation of history facts that your writers submit to you as a report by presenting this PowerPoint that reveals how history essays should be done. The presentation covers topics from pre-writing to endnotes, and includes how to conduct research, outlining, and revision. The format is easy to read, and efficient for note taking. It can also be broken into smaller sections for easy presentation.