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Students write a personal experience essay. In this essay writing instructional activity, students write about career choices, personal interests, strengths and values. Students discuss their futures and the skills they need to succeed.
Assess your new learners' writing abilities and knowledge of literary terms with these diagnostic activities. Part of a back-to-school unit, this is meant to provide the teacher with information about the ability levels of their class. This will introduce class members to persuasive writing and literary terms. As a culminating activity, small groups work to compose a story that includes the literary elements discussed earlier.
Sometimes the conclusion of an essay can be the most important part. Whether your writers are ending with a proposition, lesson learned, or persuasive argument, teach them how to "end with a bang" with this helpful PowerPoint! This 34-slide presentation includes different examples of concluding sentences in which they must choose the best one. Tip: Show this PowerPoint in the midst of your classroom's essay writing unit.
Equip your high school writers for the rigors of timed persuasive writing by employing the preparatory ideas available in this exercise. Learners use persuasive essays, provided by the educator, to acquire how to identify persuasive writing, and determine what side they would support in a given argument. They dissect the essays, and place their findings on the provided worksheet. Their responses include when and where each side used logos, pathos, and ethos, and how it contributed to persuasion; essential skills for today's writing curriculum.
Students review the alphabet and sharpen their writing skills. In this letter recognition lesson, students create PowerPoint presentations that feature letters of the alphabet, animals that begin with those letters, and sentences about the animals.
In this letter writing skills worksheet, students read 10 phrases to help them write letters, notes, and cards. Students send an invitation, a good luck card, a Happy Birthday card, 2 get well cards, and a letter. Students also write the envelope for the letter. Examples are provided along with templates for each type of note. A list of standards is included.
Students discover how a president spends the day. In this presidential history lesson, students research primary sources in order to write their own diaries for presidents that include suggestions of laws, managing personnel, budgeting, handling crises, and entertaining guests.
Students determine what grammar is and how they have learned it. In this creative writing activity, students read "Style' Gets New Elements," and respond to the discussion questions. Students then present grammatical rules to one another using songs, dance, poetry, and skits. Extension activities are provided with this activity.
Students discover how to create realistic settings in fiction. For this writing skills lesson, students examine literary elements in fiction works they are familiar with and then practice using sensory details and establishing mood to write realistic settings.
Students explore homes as shelters while they built writing and technology skills. In this homes of yesterday and today lesson, students produce books using digital photography. Students develop vocabulary while researching how homes are the same and different through a variety of literary works.
Students practice identifying synonyms. In this vocabulary and writing skills instructional activity, students discover strategies for using synonyms effectively in writing. Students also learn to play synonym charades.
First the class analyzes the painting, Rodeo-Pickup Man by Frank Mechau, then they get to work. They explore the painting through verbal descriptions, focusing on vivid language to describe detail. They then compose a written piece using the visual clues and painting techniques used in the art.
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
Students examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Students then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Young scholars discover how to write fables. In this writing skill lesson, students review the literary elements of fables and take all of the steps in the writing process to create their own fables.
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific guide). Groups jigsaw the expeditions to experience the collaborative nature of field work and there are many ideas listed to synthesize research. The strong Writing Workshop tool allows learners to publish and review their writing.
Students practice their writing skills. In this writing revision lesson, students read the provided writing samples and make corrections to the sentence fragments that are evident in each of them.
Students discuss newspapers and water and work in groups to develop their own paper focusing on water issues. In this journalism lesson plan, students discuss the value of newspapers and water as an issue. They work as a group to develop a paper about a water issue, such as water rights, pollution, or conservation.
Use this writing skills activity to work on persuasive writing techniques. Middle schoolers read a short persuasive selection about Star Wars, and then they identify the evidence the author uses to support his or her position. Young writers then complete their own review, providing specific evidence to support the opinion established. A graphic organizer helps them to plan their writing.
In this writing skills worksheet, students explore the use of imagery as they read a 5 paragraph selection and then identify the descriptive details from the piece. Students also use a chart to help them add descriptive details to their own writing.