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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.
Writer's Workshop can be a wonderful way to develop a classroom of authors.
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.
Primary grade children can excel as writers when presented with thoughtful and age-appropriate feedback.
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!
Learners investigate and report on an obscure woman writer. In this women's writer lesson plan, 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.
Writer's notebooks are a way to unleash the "author" in all your students.
Writer's Workshop can be a great way to create a community of writers.
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.
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!
Designed to support a visit to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time,” which ran from June 18, 1999 through January 2, 2000, the approach detailed and the activities included in the packet can be easily adapted to any classroom with Internet access. The four lessons focus on Hemingway's life, his writings, and other writers of the Lost Generation.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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."
Students observe and list where writers get their ideas. For 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.
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.
Students discover strategies to push through writer's block. In this writer's block lesson plan, 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. Students then practice the strategies themselves.