Write a Saying
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Fourth graders visit online resources about Benjamin Franklin and explore the many facets of his life, especially Poor richard's Almanack. They interpret some of the sayings found in the almanac and then write sayings that are meaningful today.
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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
Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2
The ability of young readers to cite textual evidence when discussing a piece of writing is essential to the development of their reading comprehension skills. The second lesson in this series allows learners to practice this technique...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
I Can Write a Poem
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
75 Summer Writing Prompts
Don't let your kids' writing skills get rusty over summer vacation! Hand out these writing prompts to keep the ideas and paragraphs coming. With a topic for each day of the summer, your class is sure to be ready for a brand new school year!
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Conclude a Persuasive Essay
If only writing a conclusion were as simple as saying The End. Model how to conclude a persuasive essay by summarizing main ideas and making a plea for action with the fifth lesson in this writing series. Consider pausing the video and...
7 mins 3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
Everyone deserves to read a great book! Here, pupils write a persuasive letter to the school's librarian detailing their favorite story and why it should be found on the shelves. Class members' persuasive reading passages are shared with...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How do you throw a ball? How do you make a peanut butter sandwich? How do you draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Pairs of learners write directions for a simple activity and partners follow the directions exactly. A fun way to encourage writers...
2nd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing a Character Sketch
Combining descriptive and expository writing skills, middle schoolers create a character sketch about someone they know well. They use a graphic organizer to help them discuss a model character sketch and organize/write one of their own....
3rd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Generate a Topic Response to a Writing Prompt
Even with a writing prompt, honing in on a topic to write about can be tricky. The second of seven videos on responding to a narrative prompt gives tools for picking what to focus on in your essay. The instructor walks through reading...
4 mins 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed