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Putting Writing Skills to Work: Writing Business Letters of Request
Students practice the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. In this business letter lesson, 11th graders review conventions of letter writing and brainstorm about their potential audience. Students research information for their audience, draft their letters, participate in peer revision, and type their final draft of the business letter.
Language Arts: Writing Skills Development
Students improve writing skills by expanding their self-perceptions. Next, they develop idea lists for writing topics. Their ideas become the basis for a class newspaper. following the creation of a group composition, students write brief descriptions of family members. The lesson also includes the use of writing to improve grammar, usage, and mechanics skills.
Write On! Express and Enjoy Yourself
Students discover how writers put their feelings into language. They identify words of emotion and imagery and see their experience as an important base for language use and writing skills. They use colorful words when describing a character sketch.
Using E-mail To Develop Letter-Writing Skills for the 21st Century
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.
Nonfiction Reading and Writing Skills: National Holidays
In this nonfiction reading and writing skills: national holidays worksheet, 6th graders read the passage about Mother's Day, then write an essay about the holiday.
Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition
Explore persuasive writing skills. Budding authors will research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that they then present to their class.
Five Paragraph Essays
Students can learn important writing skills, such as how to complete a five paragraph essay, with these lessons.
A Tour Through the Circulatory System
Use Microsoft Publisher to create a brochure tracing the path blood flows through the body. Working in cooperative groups, seventh graders use creative writing skills to create a "travel" brochure written from the viewpoint of a drop of blood. This would be a great cross-curricular lesson between science and language arts.
Will You Pick My Cotton?
Use this cross-curricular history lesson to work on your students' informational writing skills. After listening to songs and stories related to Sultana, they engage in a several activities to boost their understanding of slavery and agricultural practice prior to and after the Civil War. Finally, learners compile research and write a two-page informational essay. This resource is twenty pages long and includes everything you'll need.
"Leap, plashless": Emily Dickinson & Poetic Imagination
Students examine different poems from Emily Dickinson. They practice listening for meter in the poems and make connections between the texts. They also practice their own creative writing skills.
Developing Writing Skills Through Japanese Folk Music
Students listen to Japanese folk songs to get inspired to create a writing piece about Japan. In this writing instructional activity, students use primary and secondary sources to add information about Japan.
Reporting from Multiple Sources-The Role of Dogs in Three Societies
Students synthesize information from various resources. For this expository essay writing lesson, students view three video segments and take notes. Students analyze notes in peer groups and write an expository essay.
Essay Elements Review
Ninth graders write a response to "What is an essay?" They share their answers with the class. The teacher goes through the general process of writing an essay. They review essay writing terms and techniques. Students read a source article on UNICEF's involvement in the water contamination problem in Bangladesh and write a persuasive essay to argue a position on a related question.
Have Web, Will Travel!
Students demonstrate their Web research and persuasive writing skills to create colorful, informative Web travel guides to popular vacation destinations.
A News Story of Your Own: Sentence and Lexical Variety
Given the two-sentence skeleton of a news story about a car theft/joy ride, budding writers create their own version of the story varying diction and sentence structure to heighten interest and complexity in their writing. Resource provides strong and plentiful supports, many reproducible, to scaffold the work. Your nascent journalists practice combining, rewriting, and expanding sentences for complexity, voice, and accuracy.
Wish You Were Here! - Postcard
Third graders apply their knowledge of vocabulary and writing skills along with art skills to create a postcard.
Fostering Creative Writing
There are many interesting ways to help students develop their creative writing skills through writing prompts and games.
To Kill a Mockingbird Reflective Essay Writing Prompt
Students complete a reflective essay as a concluding assignment after reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this reflective essay lesson, students read the novel and use the prompt to write a reflective essay for the text.
Giving Second Graders the Write Skills
Second graders analyze the steps taken in writing a paragraph in the ten lessons of this unit. Writing for a particular purpose is developed as the conventional grammar skills utilized.
2010 Winter Olympics: Places, Energy and Writing Skills
In this 2010 Winter Olympics writing skills worksheet, students read about the origins of place names and research local places, then read about Vancouver's energy saving plan and write about it. They also practice writing good topic sentences.