Bridges to Good Writing
Students examine analogies between bridge construction and the construction of a written composition. They view online photos of bridge construction, and present the photos to the class, describing the construction as an analogy to good writing.
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Literature Circle Guide: Bridge to Terabithia
Using the novel Bridge to Terabithia, along with this literature guide, readers analyze and respond to each chapter of the novel. Independent practice, small group work, and class discussion allow learners to gain an insightful...
5th - 9th English Language Arts
The Call of the Wild: Jack London's Writing Style
Expand your pupils' understanding of the book The Call of the Wild by Jack London by looking at his style and artistic vision. Class members examine the text and find instances of naturalism, eventually discussing a quote by London about...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Explain Yourself: An Expository Writing Unit for High School
Introduce expository writing with a unit that asks writers to craft an essay to explain a belief, value, or priority that is important to them. Mini-lessons within the unit focus on crafting thesis statements and conclusions, selecting...
9th - 10th English Language Arts
Family Titles, Pronouns, Writing about a Person
How is your grandmother related to you? How is your cousin related to your grandmother? Learn about family relationships and pronouns with an activity that guides pupils to write two short narratives about members of their families.
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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! The instructional activity takes aspiring authors through a new writing process...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Draft an Introduction to a Persuasive Letter
Where to begin? For many young writers the hardest part is figuring out how to start. The narrator of this short video models how to hook the reader's interest and preview the central argument of a persuasive letter. "The Little Owls...
6 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Writing Process Made Easier
The writing process meets the 21st century in this instructional activity centered around the Inspiration Software program. Using a diagram, learners complete the cyclical process through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed