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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.
Third graders write essays after participating in mini-lessons that encourage better writing. They write using the model of a skeleton to which they add the muscles.
Introducing your class to essay writing? The gentle tone, concise explanations, and clear examples provided by a 17-slide presentation introduces young writers to the expository essay format. All that's missing is a complete essay with the various parts labeled.
In this essay writing activity, students are given prompts to help them develop an outline for an essay. Students then use this outline to write a four paragraph essay on The Outsiders.
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.
Young scholars compose cover letters. For this writing skills lesson, students follow the provided steps to write cover letters that introduce them to potential employers.
Students write a letter of encouragement to a classmate to encourage each other and practice writing skills.
Practice being concise. Exercise your vocabulary. Improve your editing skills. The contention in this instructional activity is that by imposing a 140 character limit, the Twitter format actually helps improve writing skills. And of course class tweets could be posted for you to view.
Students improve their writing skills. For this writing strategy lesson, students use frameworks that serve as formulas to write well-developed paragraphs.
Young scholars use fresh language in their writing. In this fresh language worksheet, students read the story Owl Moon, discuss how they can use the writing from the book in their own writing, and then complete independent writing pieces with their new writing skills.
Students complete assessments showing their strengths and weaknesses of their reading and writing skills. Students complete a computer reading test and write a story.
Students examine the Kaipara region of New Zealand and practice research and writing skills. In this social studies lesson, students use a template to create their own Kool Kumara Pal. Students explore a day in the life of their Kumara Pal and write a story about that day.
Photography is a conduit for helping pupils develop artistic and writing skills. For this lesson, they take photographs, critique each other's photos, and fill out a Google form describing what they have learned.
Eighth graders design newsletters. In this writing skills lesson, 8th graders examine sample newsletters and discover how to use digital tools and how to create them. Students then create their own newsletters for other students.
Students can learn important writing skills, such as how to complete a five paragraph essay, with these lessons.
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.
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.
Young scholars synthesize information from various resources. In this expository essay writing lesson, students view three video segments and take notes.  Young scholars analyze notes in peer groups and write an expository essay.
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.
Are your writers making the same mistakes over and over again? Instead of editing their papers, consider encouraging learners to use this sheet to classify their errors. This helps them identify and address common problem areas they have. For struggling learners, consider marking each line in their paper that contains an error. (That way they will be able to find their errors easier.)