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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.
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.
Est-ce que ton animal grand ou petit? Pair up your beginning French speakers for a game of Pet Guess Who! Using pet advertisements from newspapers or the Internet, pairs try to guess what kind of animal their partner has. Also, use the list of pet vocabulary provided to create a PowerPoint to introduce your class to the new vocabulary terms. A grammar worksheet is also attached, but these exercises might be too advanced for a beginning class.
Bring environmental issues into your classroom! Practice writing and peer editing research reports on global warming and the greenhouse effect. Middle schoolers can work on their research skills, their writing skills, and how to incorporate their research into their writing. Consider pairing up with the environmental studies teacher for this instructional activity.
Icky! Coarse! Sharp! Slimy! What are words you can use to describe how something feels? After brainstorming descriptive words for touch, class members reach inside covered boxes to feel objects hidden inside and record their descriptive terms on paper positioned beside each box. These lists are then posted around the classroom, available for use in the culminating descriptive essay assignment. Richly detailed, scripted directions are included for the essay assignment.
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.
Engage your English learners with this resource. To begin, learners describe a map to a partner. After a vocabulary exercise and a jumbled letter activity, pupils are asked to write their own letter. The letter reading and writing activities encourage the use of phrases that express attitude and emotion. This plan includes all necessary materials as well as an answer key.
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.
Discuss and generate blogs in this technology lesson. Middle and high schoolers explore examples of blogs and create their own blogs. Use this lesson throughout the year to reinforce concepts from your language arts class (or any class). Note: The blog they deem appropriate for this age range to investigate is about the cartoon Arthur. Find relevant, age-appropriate examples on your own.
Write and work with authors on the Scholastic Website to promote the recognition of various genres. Young writers will participate in activities based on the type of writing such as biography, descriptive, folktales, mystery, news, and speech writing. Links to resources are provided and many extensions ideas are offered.
Improve writing skills using methods from Robert Gay's Writing Through Reading; Gay espouses reproducing the work of successful writers to build the ability to convey original ideas effectively. Young writers transcribe, paraphrase, and imitate various readings over extended periods. Bilingual scholars lead collaborative translation. Presented in the form of a research paper on Gay's pedagogy; provides clear underpinnings and extensive examples for use in class.
A wonderful lesson on the immigrant contributions and America. Learners use an interactive whiteboard or computer to explore a web link entitled "Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today." They read first person narratives describing an immigration experience, compare each story, and engage in a class discussion. Then, they create their own oral history scrapbooks based on solid background information and class discussions.