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Why do readers need to know an author’s purpose? How do you figure out what that purpose is? Guide your pupils through a series of activities that show them how to identify various techniques and structures used in persuasive writing. They then draft their own persuasive piece. Differentiated instruction support, extensions, and rubrics are included in this very detailed, scripted, interdisciplinary plan.
Do your young authors suffer from Writer's Block when they try to write short stories? Access their natural creativity with C-Gor, the writing monster! Intended for use with a SMART board (but not restricted to it), the lesson takes aspiring authors through a new writing process called C-Gor (Character, Goals, Obstacles, Results). They list ten of each, then choose random combinations about which they can write a story. The writing will be zany, creative, and best of all, fun.
Using Inspiration Software, writers examine the state of Florida by visiting a list of websites and reading source materials. They write a personal narrative of an imaginary trip to Florida with the material and information they collect. Any state could easily be used, although there is a short list of resources available for Florida.
Take young writers on a safari through the writing process. Each slide clearly outlines a component of the writing process by providing a definition, example, and activity for each. This is a wonderful resource and will let your creative writers roar with self-expression.
In this language arts presentation, you will find some excellent tips for your writers who are about to try their hand at narrative writing. Each of the eights slides presents quite a few good tips such as, "Long paragraphs can be off-putting. Start a new paragraph for a change of time, place, action, or character." Very good stuff!
Begin researching careers with your learners in this writing exercise. Using links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook, young researchers can choose from an overview of various careers. After selecting a career to write about, create groups with different careers, so that a future doctor can speak to a future chef. Then, with a partner from the same career, future workers can write a letter requesting an internship.
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.
Use formatting to organize an explanatory essay after comparing and contrasting expository and narrative genres. Young writers explore expository writing by employing prewriting techniques and graphic organizers to plan an essay. This is especially helpful as you begin a unit on informative or explanatory writing structure.