Writing: Closing Sentence

6th - 8th

In this writing closing sentences worksheet, students read a 5 paragraph non-fiction selection and then respond to 3 short answer questions and complete a graphic organizer.

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Children Using Antonyms to Write Short Stories

Second graders discuss what antonyms are and read the book, Quick as a Cricket.  In this antonym lesson, 2nd graders write a short story by describing themselves. 

A Class or Company Newsletter: A Collaborative Writing Lesson

A class newsletter? The possible extensions for this activity are endless. After examining examples of news print-outs from hotels or workplaces, class members develop their own articles and produce a newsletter. A great way to keep parents informed, to spotlight individuals, and encourage writing for an audience.

Writing a Topic Sentence

Here is an inventive, and easy-to-implement activity on the writing of topic sentences. Learners review what a topic sentence is, practice identifying topic sentences in an informational article, then play a really cool game. All of the worksheets and instructions needed for the game are embedded in this engaging plan. The four-page plan would be an ideal choice when teaching this important writing concept to your elementary schoolers.

Crisis Management

Students research the issues facing President Bush and write short political commentaries predicting what course the president take. For homework, they write editorials stating what they think the president should do to best serve the country.

Joy and Pain

Students identify emotions that are expressed at sporting events. They read an article about the death of Cory Lidle and collect photographs that have a strong emotion attached to them. They write short stories that are connected to the photographs.

Take Five: Writing a Color-Coded Paragraph

Use a traffic light to model a very basic paragraph plan. The Go, or topic sentence, is written in green and expresses an opinion about the topic. Information that supports the opinion of the Go sentence is written in yellow and the Stop, or concluding sentence, is written in red. The instructor models how to use the traffic light to monitor the writing process. Young writers then develop a paragraph independently, or with help, depending on the grade level. Color-coded models are given.

Claims in "The Crisis, No. 1"

"The Crisis, No. 1" is the focus of a series of exercises that ask learners to read closely and annotate Thomas Paine's text. Groups identify claims and evidence in the essay and present their arguments to the class. Teacher background information, a list of Web sites, and worksheets are attached to the detailed plan.

Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way

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.

Writing Communication

After closely examining a Japanese writing box, learners explore writing tools and the importance of written communication. Don't have a Japanese writing box? Not to worry! There are beautiful images of one embedded in the resource. A discussion ensues regarding the importance of written communication, writing utensils, and the type of things that are important for people to write about. As a final activity, pupils make a list of the writing tools they would place in their very own writing box.

English Skills Worksheet (6.203)

In this multiple English activities worksheet, students complete a variety of assignments: write three onomatopoeia sentences, add ten endings to ten words, give the root words to eight words, play two rounds of word chess, find the missing consonants and vowels in nine words, label ten spelling words with their parts of speech, solve three anagrams, write a short story, proofread a short story for spelling errors and create a crossword puzzle on music.

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