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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.
Third graders apply their knowledge of vocabulary and writing skills along with art skills to create a postcard.
Eleventh graders practice writing college application essays. In this writing skills instructional activity, 11th graders complete the steps of the writing process as they write rubrics and essays that would be appropriate for the college application process.
Students compete to achieve excellence in math facts, writing terms, problem solving, and writing skills on the computer. For this Computer Olympics lesson plan, students practice the skill of drill and practice in order to succeed and beat the other players.
Students complete a news writing activity and improve their writing skills. In this news writing instructional activity, students write about an activity they experience each day of the week. Students use the articles to make a newspaper about their year.
Emerging writers observe and demonstrate the process of writing an essay. As a class, they read and discuss the writing steps, read a sample essay, and write an outline for a three-paragraph essay. Then they write a final version of their essay and present it to the class.
For this essay writing worksheet, students are given several prompts to assist them in creating an outline for an essay on The Outsiders.
In this persuasive essay writing worksheet, students write a persuasive essay using the 6 tips listed at the top of the sheet. Students should also use a graphic organizer to plan their writing.
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.
Young scholars 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.
High schoolers analyze photographs as a development activity for their literacy skills. They will review the 6 Q's feature for analyzing photographs and analyze a variety of photographs and then write comments in the space around the photo. Next, they will complete four response activities for their group photos and also complete discussion and reading comprehension questions. Very creative and engaging!
Students listen to Japanese folk songs to get inspired to create a writing piece about Japan.  For this writing lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to add information about Japan. 
Delve into CCSS by implementing a writer's workshop model complete with mini-lessons, shared writing experiences, and author celebrations.
Seventh graders discover an organization technique for the five-paragraph essay known as The Bing, the Bang, and the Bongo. They complete an essay template and will conclude by composing an original essay on a chosen topic.
First graders engage in this interesting lesson on letter writing and writing skills. In it, youngsters listen to the Jan Brett story, The Mitten, as a warm-up. They think of other animals of the world they could ask Jan Brett to include in her stories, and write her a letter asking her to do so. Additionally, learners get to experience basic email skills by typing up an email version of their letter and sending it to Jan Brett on her website.
Students consider the structure of folktales. In this writing skills instructional activity, students list the attributes of folktales that they read in class. Students then complete handouts based on the elements of the tales as well as types of tales prior to writing their own folktales.
Students practice their creative writing skills and build cooperative learning skills. For this creative writing project, students review parts of a story. Students reinforce the concept of sequencing and develop stronger writing skills.  Students are presented with an illustration they describe and put in sequence as it relates to the topic of the book. 
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.
Improve writing skills by finding a personal writing style, using descriptive language effectively, and using precise language. Middle schoolers discuss individual style in writing and formal and informal language. They utilize figures of speech and explore ways to use language precisely as they revise their character description.
U.S. presidents (and other elected officials) provide the subject matter for journals, persuasive pieces and a pictorial shield. Researchers create a “life” focused statement for a presidential candidate and write journal entries about the candidate's traits. They also synthesize knowledge about a presidential candidate and design a pictorial shield representing the presidential candidate's life in focus. The richly detailed plan includes a template for the shield and rubrics.