Can We Write It? Yes, We Can! Tips for Terrific Story Writing
Students are introduced to the techniques to write a short story. Individually, they write their stories and create a PowerPoint presentation to accompany it. They present their slides to the class and read their story to end the lesson.
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“I Can” Common Core! 5th Grade Writing
Your fifth graders can meet the Common Core standards for writing! This checklist will help show them how much they've learned. Each standard is listed in the form of "I can" statements in simplified language that is accessible to fifth...
5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Persuasive Writing - Introductory Paragraph Review
Master a well-organized thesis statement with a short activity for a persuasive writing unit. Young writers read five different introductory paragraphs about various topics, find the main ideas addressed in each thesis statement, and jot...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Portfolio: An Autobiography Assignment
An extensive portfolio project encourages your kids to reflect on their personalities with multiple writing assignments. From activities on extended metaphors to writing about an important day in their lives, kids explore the way they...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A+ Writing Prompts
Shake it up! Shake your tablet to bring up a unique writing prompt for journaling or blogging with your class. Shake again and a new one appears. Prompts can come from different categories (sketches, scenes, texts, words, news) to help...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Memory Box: Descriptive Writing
A great way to reinforce descriptive writing, this lesson serves as an exploration of adjectives and sensory words. First, pupils describe a family tradition using as many sensory details as they can. Then, they try to draw a scene from...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?
Can we test whether lines ascribed to William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else? Science and linguistics join forces in this fantastic TED-Ed video to help us investigate the theory of whether history's greatest writer...
4 mins 6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Craft a Sequence of Events in a Story
Developing a clear sequence of events is essential for any narrative writer. The fourth lesson in this series helps learners write about the key events of The Story of Dr. Dolittle using transitional words and phrases. Pause the video to...
8 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Write a Strong Ending for a Narrative
The end is near. After all the brainstorming, planning, drafting, and revising, it is time for young writers to conclude their personal narratives. Reading back over their drafts, children generate lists of the different emotions they...
5 mins 3rd - 6th 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