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Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson focused on word relationships in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They investigate the relationship between word choice, mood, and interpretation of a piece of writing. They analyze the story, and then create a visual display of a favorite writer.
Writer's workshop is an idea that's been around for years. Students write, read, and comment on each others writing in an authentic and thoughtful way. Here is a 21st century twist, 6th graders will use the class blog to create a community of writers in the classroom. This Introductory lesson contains 7 complete lessons and instructions on how to get a class blog started. Each lesson focuses on reinforcing a different type of writing. Really great!
Students investigate and report on an obscure woman writer. In this women's writer lesson, students research a woman whose writings are considered to be lost, out of print, or forgotten. They develop an oral presentation that includes a poster based on their research.
Students compare and contrast the literature of the Republic of Korea to that of the United States with an emphasis on women writers. In this women writers lesson, students complete a 30 page packet of analysis activities for women writers of Korea and the United States.
All young authors experience the frustration of feeling absolutely misunderstood at least once. Your class can experience themselves as writers through a literary analysis and writing project. They read a story about a misunderstood writer and then compose an essay, poem, or story relating a time when they also felt misunderstood. Story and teacher guide are both included.
Young scholars practice creative writing by observing the writing styles of famous authors. In this language arts lesson, students practice emulating their favorite writers by examining the characteristics of their literary work. Young scholars watch videos on YouTube which demonstrate creative writing techniques.
Delve into CCSS by implementing a writer's workshop model complete with mini-lessons, shared writing experiences, and author celebrations.
Primary grade children can excel as writers when presented with thoughtful and age-appropriate feedback.
Present the class with a slide show that will give them a great head start in writing expository and narrative texts. The information is highlighted for easy note taking, well organized, and presented in a kid-friendly manner. It provides tips and strategies for writing well constructed pieces, vocabulary, lists of similes and metaphors, and grammar practice that focus on writing to interest a reader. It has it all, details, idioms, dialogue, and a list of skills every good writer has to have.
Middle schoolers discover strategies to push through writer's block. In this writer's block instructional activity, students use a strategies call SAFE: Stop and reread, Ask questions, Freewrite, Energize. The strategy is modeled and discussed in worksheets designed to involve the reader. Middle schoolers then practice the strategies themselves.
Kindergarteners or first graders conduct an interview. In this writing and interviewing lesson, students brainstorm a list of what they know about writers, learn how to conduct an interview, and then work with a partner to practicing their interviewing skills. Learners conduct the same interview with a parent or older family member and share their findings with the class.
Second graders practice writing in a "Writer's Cafe." In this writer's workshop lesson, 2nd graders pretend to be the chefs who are serving up a fabulous dish (finished piece of writing)
Eleventh graders explore works of the Lost Generation writers of the 1920's. In this American literature lesson, 11th graders analyze provided selections from Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and then respond to a writing prompt about their influence.
Learners discover what legends are and why they where created. They compose a legend in groups. Each group has a writer, task manager, legend teller, encourager, and presenter.
Eighth graders are introduced to the concept, What Makes Good Poetry? They are asked to explore the writer within.
Close up your unit on Edgar Allan Poe by allowing time for reflection. First, small groups discuss themes of Poe's work. Next, the whole class discusses the characteristics of a great writer and connects this topic to Poe. Finally, class members compose essays about their personal reactions to Poe's work, commenting on their own emotions and reactions to specific texts.
Here is lesson 5 from a 7 lesson unit on using blogging to create a community of writers. The aim of this lesson is to get students writing about what Archaeologists do and how they use material data to study the past. They compose a story where they imagine they are an archaeologist on a dig in Africa. They edit, post their stories on the class blog, and make comments of their peers stories. Great lesson on its own or in the context of the unit.
Special educators know that it isn't all about the lesson plan, but rather the strategies and practices you choose to use. Here are a set of research-based practices and tips you can use to inform your choices when teaching learners who are struggling with spelling and writing. The plan provides online resources, book titles, games, and structured activities that use a struggling learner's strengths to overcome their weaknesses.
Students view the diary from a literary perspective, consider Anne's writing style and content and explore their own literary skills. They also research the Holocaust.