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Test Your Writing Skills
In this letter writing skills worksheet, middle schoolers examine 15 phrases from letters and determine whether each phrase is from a formal or informal letter. Good, solid writing practice!
Creative Writing Skills: Write a Story 3
In this writing prompt learning exercise, students use their creative writing skills to write a story based on the picture shown that includes the 4 specific events and people listed.
Look It Up!
Sixth graders improve their writing skills by finding, defining, and correctly using new and interesting vocabulary words. Groups of students work together to find, define, and use in sentences ten words with which they are all unfamiliar.
Stage an "Orange Olympics" in the gym while completing phonics work on the vowel "o" and learning about the Olympics. This interdisciplinary unit provides practice with the vowel sound for "o" while integrating a social studies unit on the Winter Olympics and several physical education activities. Little Olympians play hockey, bowling and run relay races all with oranges. Afterward, they write about the experience using pictures from the events and computers.
The Power of Diction
First, read a document that relates factual data regarding a family trip to Costa Rica. Then read the same information in a piece where the author conveys a negative tone; finally, read one where the author establishes a positive tone. After analyzing the author's use of diction, learners are presented with neutral data regarding a fictional family celebration on a Fourth of July that they can convey in positive or negative ways. Excellent active practice with diction and connotation.
Language Arts: Biography and Autobiography
Students examine autobiographies and biographies through a series of reading and writing exercises. By writing journals during this semester-long course, they improve writing skills and discover their own voice. Among other activities, students complete interview sheets, evaluate social problems, present photographs to the class and explain their importance.
Rain Forest Research
Second graders explore the Rain Forest. In this research lesson, 2nd graders go online to gather information about Rain Forest animals. Students print and use the information to write about the many parts of the Rain Forest. Students are graded using a writing skills rubric.
Here is a comprehensive stereochemistry exam for advanced chemistry kids. In the 101 problems, there are short answer, multiple choice, and drawing questions. Topics include chiral and achiral molecules, enantiomers and diastereomers, asymmetric carbons, meso compounds, and more! Hopefully it contains everything that you would want to assess.
Borrowing Narrative Skills from Mr. Fletcher
Use narrative writing techniques to understand idea development and voice. The class reads Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher, and then practices authentic writing for standardized tests by writing a personal narrative.
Essay Writing: Components of an Essay
The multi-paragraph essay is the subject of a presentation designed for high schoolers. Color codes are used to highlight for viewers the different elements found in each paragraph. Unlike some presentations, the same essay is used throughout to illustrate how the various elements work together to produce a coherent whole. If using the presentation as a review, class members could be asked to critique the essay. Also included are two practice exercises.
“Tell Me a Story”: Moving from Reading to Writing
Narrative essay writing is the focus of a series of exercises that model for learners how to not only read a narrative, but how to also examine the techniques fiction writers use to create a setting, develop their characters, representaction, and establish a theme. Class members listen to examples from Grapes of Wrath, Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing,” and Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and then respond to question about the selections. Step-by-step directions for the various activities, discussion questions, and a resource list are included in the richly detailed plan.
Practical Writing in the Intermediate Grades
Students discuss lists of interesting topics on which to write. They explore those things that interest them, excite them and express themselves freely. They organize the value of their own thoughts and use their individual lists that they compiled in the first phase when journal writing.
Grammar Through Jeopardy
Young scholars create questions for a grammar based version of a Jeopardy quiz game. The teacher assesses student questions and decides which questions should be used in the game. Individuals compete using proper grammar, phonics, and writing skills to earn points.
Fourth graders create onomatopoeia for a variety of things such as a mean dog, a crying baby or a doorbell ringing after exploring word choice as used by authors in selected books. They complete a Word Choice worksheet that is attached.
Telecommunications and the Whole Language Program
Young writers use technology and other media to research information on a chosen topic. They explore countries where keypals and e-mail friends are located. Using their writing skills, they correspond with their e-mail friend and exchange opinions on environmental issues with their friends.
Photo Journal-Taking Good Photographs
Photography is a conduit for helping pupils develop artistic and writing skills. In this lesson, they take photographs, critique each other's photos, and fill out a Google form describing what they have learned.
Teacher Guide for Educators of the Blind: English
Imagine you need to be a substitute teacher in a classroom that helps learners with visual impairments, and you have no idea where to start. Here is a complete, easy to follow, and insightful teaching guide to aid you in teaching English or ELA to your non-sighted students. Tips, techniques, online journal links, and links to teaching materials make this an excellent resource to get you started. Ideas for active engagement are outlined to help you understand your role as an educator of the blind.
Developing the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story
Third graders develop writing skills. In this beginning, middle and end of a story lesson, 3rd graders understand how the sequence of events develops the story. Students work in small groups and act out parts of a story they write. Students focus of the main character and their importance in the story.
Learning About Trees
After looking at pictures of trees, discussing tree growth, and identifying the parts of a tree, lead your class on a nature walk and have them collect samples and record their observations. They then work in pairs to polish the descriptions of the trees they saw on their walk. Consider collecting the leaves and writings and making a class book to place in the classroom or school library.
Encourage A New Generation of Peacemakers
Integrate this essay-writing contest into your high school classroom to develop writing skills and encourage international study.