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The Tell-Tale Hearts of Writers
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking instructional activity 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.
Keeping Yourself Organized During Writer's Workshop
Writer's Workshop can be a wonderful way to develop a classroom of authors.
Providing Effective Feedback to the Youngest of Writers
Primary grade children can excel as writers when presented with thoughtful and age-appropriate feedback.
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. 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!
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.
Literary Criticism: Does Fiction Reflect the Writer's Life?
Where do writers draw their inspiration? Introduce your class to the people behind the novels, poems, and text you read in class. It really is interesting to delve into the lives of the writer and analyze possible sources of inspiration. Practice opportunities are included!
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. Story and teacher guide are both included.
Rediscovering Forgotten Women Writers
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.
Creating a Writer's Notebook
Writer's notebooks are a way to unleash the "author" in all your students.
Launching Writer's Workshop
Writer's Workshop can be a great way to create a community of writers.
Writing with Writers for Grades 9-12
Have your class examine the characteristics of various writing genres using the Writing with Writers online project. Detailed instructions for how to introduce, discuss, and develop a piece of writing for each genre are included. Class members complete the online activities independently but work in groups to edit their written work before handing it in. Finally, they publish a final piece of writing online.
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. Although much of the resource focuses on Shakespeare and his play The Tempest, there is also a link to a website containing biographical information on a wide range of authors so you can adapt this instructional activity to the author and works of your choice. Note: See the Lesson Activities page for instructional activity procedure.
Write with Writers
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.
Borrowing Narrative Skills from Mr. Fletcher: Using a "Prompts in Reverse" Technique to Inspire Your Writers
Help your class find their writing voices with this lesson which uses the work of Ralph Fletcher to guide a "Prompt in Reverse" activity. Using the chapter "First Pen" from Fletcher's Marshfield Dreams, learners decipher what they believe his prompt was and write their own story based on their discovery. The lesson guides writers through the drafting and editing processes and includes many helpful resource links.
Writing Letters to the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
To celebrate National Poetry Month, young writers focus on the role letter writing has played in the development of poets. They begin by journaling three to five associations to a writing prompt that requires them to identify their personal writing voice. Each budding author chooses one of the five suggested poets to write a letter to; they read and parse out meaningful lines from that poet's work. Next, they discuss their choices and use their discussion notes to draft a formal letter to their poet. Note: The instructional activity is one in a series focused on developing and understanding poetic voice.
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.
American Writers Life in a Box Bulletin Board Activity
Students research preselected American Writers using primary sources. In this American Literature lesson, students use their findings from their research to place information about the writers on the interactive bulletin board.
Writer's Notebook and Haiku
Students, after viewing various examples from students around the world, as well as writing in their Writer's Notebook, create, compose and revise a Haiku poem that sketches a "snapshot" or image in time. They incorporate the theme or focus of their poems on "Mine Your Heart."
Where Writers Get Their Ideas
Students observe and list where writers get their ideas. In this writing process lesson, students read the "About the Author" parts of books to determine how the authors get their ideas. They make a list in their notebooks to use as future reference.
Learning About Our Style by Studying Writer's Style
Students 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. Students watch videos on YouTube which demonstrate creative writing techniques.