9th - 12th
Writers use the four steps outlined here to edit their own or a peer’s paper. Using different colors of highlighters, editors note “to be” verbs, examine the length of sentences, box the first word in every sentence, and mark instances of banned words (very, got, get, nice, bad, etc.). A great strategy, especially for your visual learners.
Pathwise Instruction Plan-Sequencing Events
First graders write an expository paragraph. In this paragraph writing literacy lesson, 1st graders activate prior knowledge about the components of a paragraph, then listen to the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington. Students sequence three sentences from the story using the SMARTBoard. Students write a three sentence paragraph summarizing the book.
Learning Vocabulary by Using Reference Materials
Finding engaging ways to help your middle schoolers build their vocabulary is not easy to do. The lesson presented here offers a great way to motivate them to build vocabulary by making it into a game. Teams of pupils use a dictionary and vocabulary scavenger hunt worksheets, embedded in the plan, to work on adding unfamiliar words to their repertoire. Along with finding the definition for each word, they must come up its part of speech, find a synonym for it, list its language of derivation, and use it in a sentence. Now, that is how a person really learns a word!
In these verb tenses and word order worksheets, students complete several activities that help them learn to understand and correctly use the future verb tense and sentence word order.
The Final Word
Although this instructional activity is based on “Final Word,” Craig Wilson’s USA Today column, the strategies could be adapted to any local columnist. After reading three articles independently, groups share observations about content and style used by the author and then each member crafts an article in the author’s style. As a final word, articles could be sent to the journalist.
Word Walls for Intermediate Grades
Have you ever wondered how to create a successful word wall? The first two pages of this document highlight the positive benefits for having a word wall. There's also a section that presents the word wall routine which presents how and when to post words. Then there are four activity options provided. This is a great introduction to word walls if you've never used them before!
Transition Words and Phrases
Begin the lesson by modeling how to connect two sentences with a transition word. After doing five examples together, have learners work together to correctly edit a list of sentences provided. Finally, learners look back at their past writing to highlight transition words used. Have them revise their writing by adding additional transition words!
Counting Sentences' Words
Scholars expand short, nondescript sentences by adding descriptive words and phrases. In this Owl Moon lesson, sentence length and rhythmic language are identified and discussed. Authentic student samples are reviewed to identify characteristics of effective writing fluency. Children use the writing process to develop a descriptive paragraph using the identified elements of sentence fluency as a model.
Strategies for Determining the Meaning of a Word
What does that word mean? I can sound it out, but it just doesn't make sense. Teach your class a sure fire strategy to combat those pesky unknown words. You'll introduce the concept of context clues through metacognitive modeling, collaborative engagement, and individual practice. As the class reads the book Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf they'll discuss all of the clues they can use in the text to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word.
Counting Sentences' Words
Students explore sentence fluency and organization in their writing. In this six traits of writing lesson, students listen to Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Using the language patterns found in this book as a model, students work in groups to add details to short sentences provided by the teacher. Each student chooses one of these sentences as a paragraph topic and focuses on incorporating varied sentence length as s/he writes.
The Patchworker - Sentences Making Sense
An entertaining and educationally sound lesson on sentence structure is here for you. Young readers play an online game called "The Patchwork Game" where they must patch together a series of words in order to create a complete sentence. Another nice feature of the lesson is the printable worksheet that can be sent home as a homework assignment. The lesson can also be done off-line, and terrific instructions for the off-line plan are present as well. A very nice lesson for the little ones!
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