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Second graders use acting to help them in a prewriting activity to develop a story. For this prewriting lesson plan, 2nd graders form a character map and brainstorm ideas for their story.
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.
Pre-writing activities are covered to help your students examine topics and personal experiences. Your class will discover how to choose topics which create a strong piece of writing and incorporate personal knowledge.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
To practice pre-writing techniques your class will re-read the book George vs. George and complete a T-chart along with brainstorming ideas on how to organize their essay.
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 students, the activity can be adapted to younger grades by making expectations developmentally appropriate. 
High schoolers create a Life Map to use as a graphic organizer for writing an autobiographical piece. They examine the use of pictograms to represent personal goals and life events.
To better understand how to compose a clear and well-organized paper, learners read short passages, write summaries, and make colored graphic organizers. This is a fully developed three-day lesson with suggested assessments.
Third graders use voice recognition software for writing.  In this writing lesson, 3rd graders complete a graphic organizer to put their ideas together.  Students dictate their stories and they are written on the computer. Students edit their work.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.     
If reading seems to be going out the window due to television or other influences, it follows that writing might be close behind. Here are suggestions for setting up a writing workshop in your classroom to keep writing going strong.
High schoolers evaluate several works by Edgar Allen Poe based on the criteria in his essay, "The Philosophy of Composotion" Their analysis is documented using a graphic organizer. Learners begin the pre-writing process for their own short story following the criteria outlined in Poe's essay.
It's time to write! First, lead your emerging writers in a power writing activity. It takes six minutes and focuses on creative brainstorming. The class is given two words (duck and apple are suggested, but alter the words for different age groups). They choose one of the words and write for six minutes straight. Can they fill the whole time? Two other activities are included: the Writing Blitz and Word Pyramids. All of these pre-writing activities will encourage length, word choice, and detail.