Using the Big Bus Dragon's Lair To Stimulate Descriptive Writing
Students are introduced to the Dragon's Liar Module to enhance their writing with adverbs to bring their written work to life. They also explore how to broaden their vocabulary in inventive ways to add style and flair when reading and writing.
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A Teacher's Guide to The Polar Express
Put on your hats and mittens, button your coat and lace your boots, its time for a trip on The Polar Express. Designed with both primary and upper-grade learners in mind, this resource provides lessons and activities that use this...
K - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Success Criteria for Persuasive Writing
Hit the main points of the Common Core persuasive writing standards by requiring your writers to meet all of the criteria listed on this page. Post it up on the wall or hand it out to your class; either way, class members can use the...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Writing Process
The writing process can be daunting for many young learners. This presentation breaks it down into seven manageable steps, including examples that clearly model the process for young writers. Present this resource to your class in the...
4th - 6th 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
Develop Events in a Narrative Using Description and Dialogue
Dialogue really brings a story to life and can reveal a lot about its characters, plot, and setting. Explore how this literary technique is used to engage an audience as young writers begin drafting their narrative response to The Story...
7 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Bring Characters to Life Using Details Such as Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Dialogue
The best stories ever written are those with characters that come to life. The fifth lesson of this narrative writing series teaches young writers how thoughts, feelings, actions, and dialogue add depth to characters. Pause the video at...
8 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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
Group Research into Categories to Plan Informational Writing
The fifth video in a series about informational text covers how to group research into categories. Focusing on outlining information without directly copying the words, the video shows fourth graders how to take their writing from the...
4 mins 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed