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Blogging To Create A Community of Writers #1: Setting Up The Blog
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.
6th Technology & Engineering
Rediscovering Forgotten Women Writers
Students investigate and report on an obscure woman writer. In this women's writer activity, 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.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
The Tell-Tale Hearts of Writers
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson plan 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.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Comparison of Women Writers From the Republic of Korea and the United States of America
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.
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
New Review Anatomy of a Scene
Casting, setting, context, frame, camera angle, lighting, soundtrack. Every choice a writer or director makes is conscious. Here's a worksheet that asks readers/viewers to examine these choices and consider how they are used to to create meaning.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Peer editing is a big part of the writing process, and this worksheet will really help guide both editor and writer. Class members read brief editing tips and examine examples of helpful and not-so-helpful comments. (Consider projecting this document instead of simply handing it out.
5th - 9th English Language Arts
The Misunderstood Adolescent Writer: Special Lesson Plan
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.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
What a fantastic resource to guide youngsters in persuasive letter writing. They read a brief letter to the editor and answer question about the author's purpose, word choice, and structure. Next, scholars draft their own letter by gathering facts and opinions about the environmental issue from the example letter.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Does Art Imitate Life?
Write what you know, sound advice for any writer and something many famous authors are known to have done. Use these materials to explore how Shakespeare's life influenced his plays. This resource is packed with readings, video segments, and graphic organizers that will allow your class to gather and organize textual evidence on this subject, culminating in a written opinion piece.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Character Analysis - "Edna's Ruthie" from The House on Mango Street
The residents of Mango Street come alive because of the language Sandra Cisneros uses. Readers examine this language, particularly appositives, to see how how Cisneros builds the character of Edna's Ruthie.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
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 lesson takes aspiring authors through a new writing process called C-Gor (Character, Goals, Obstacles, Results).
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Famous American Big Books
Students gather facts about important American historical figures and the events that made them important during guided reading. In this Famous Americans lesson, students use strategies from the writer's workshop to utilize the facts they have collected and write a big book.
Pre-K - 2nd English Language Arts
Inspiration: Narrative Writing Workshop
Narrative writing is accessible when you reveal the not so mysterious writing process! Although this writer's workshop lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce pupils to Inspiration Software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating a narrative template, from brainstorming to publishing.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
When is a staple remover a fanged monster? In your ELA classroom when you're teaching this fun figurative language instructional activity, of course! Get your young writers using figurative language by making a game of it. Give groups a paper bag full of commonplace objects,, and have them describe them using figurative language.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Character and Situation
Delve into narrative writing that puts choice in the hands of the writers. Kids pick their own characters, emotions, items, and places from a list and tie them together in the exposition. Several questions help guide the writers toward fully understanding and developing the characters in their story.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable