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Alpha-Ideas for Writing
In this recording ideas for creative writing activity, learners observe a chart with squares containing each letter of the alphabet and write suggestions beginning with each letter in each one. Students write at least 26 words or phrases.
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Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Hatchet Book Report
Pair these activities with your study of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Learners find vocabulary words to look up, make predictions about the story, practice with main ideas and details, draft summaries, complete journal entries, and write...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Main Ideas about the Bullfrog
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Introducing the 6 Traits to Students
Put together an English language arts unit on the six traits of writing with this helpful collection of resources. From fun songs to differentiated writing exercises reinforcing each of the traits, great ideas are provided for developing...
K - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Transitions: Good and Rotten
Use this reading passage about microbes to illustrate transition words and the linking of two ideas. First have youngsters read the text one time without marking it. Then have them read through once more, highlighting the transition...
3rd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
501 Writing Prompts
Never again will you need to worry about coming up with a writing prompt! This packet contains, as it says, 501 prompts that are suitable for fourth graders on up. The prompts are paired into four categories (persuasive, expository,...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Implied Main Ideas
Skilled readers can find the main idea of an informative passage without finding it directly stated. A reading video prompts elementary learners to examine supporting details in several examples, and to infer what the main idea of the...
7 mins 4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Borrowing Narrative Skills from Mr. Fletcher
Use narrative writing techniques to understand idea development and voice. The class reads Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher, and then practices authentic writing for standardized tests by writing a personal narrative.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Organize Ideas for Writing Using a Short Plan
Everyone has opinions, but to be persuasive opinions need to be supported with facts and details. Working with thesis statements from the previous lesson, learners brainstorm reasons that support their ideas. Be sure that your students...
5 mins 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Going Back in Time Using “George Washington’s Socks”
After reading Elvira Woodruff's George Washington's Socks, young readers and writers embark upon writing their own historically based story, with a focus on developing ideas and details throughout the piece. In small groups, class...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed