Best of Blogs: Writing Strategies

By Editors on July 15, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Good writing skills are important, even (or maybe especially) in the age of technology. This week we have pulled writing tips and strategies that include ways to incorporate technology  such as blogs and interactive whiteboards  as well as ways to keep writing assignments relevant, to showcase and celebrate developing writers' achievements, and more.


Summer Writing Through Blogging  The Power of Social Media

Angela Bunyi

May 7, 2012
Grades K5

Kid-appropriate social media are great for engaging students in writing, and one of the most engaging forms of social media is the blog. Learn how to use the power of blogging in your classroom to generate a love for writing in your students.

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Celebrate Writing and Young Authors!

Nancy Jang

May 19, 2011
Grades 15

Create excitement and glamor around writing assignments with an “Author’s Chair” where students read from books they completed in earlier writing assignments. And if your school does not hold an Author’s Fair, consider creating one in your own classroom.

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Encourage Persuasive Writing With Movie Reviews and More!

Danielle Mahoney

May 3, 2011
Grades 25

Make writing relevant by appealing to your students’ passion for a movie or video they’ve seen. Teach persuasive writing by challenging students to first screen a movie and then write a review that will compel fellow students to either see the movie, or not.

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Engaging Students in Reading and Writing With Interactive Whiteboards

Mary Blow

August 31, 2010
Grades 68

Don’t think of your interactive whiteboard as a glorified projector  interact with it! And more important, have your students interact with it. Learn great strategies for putting your interactive whiteboard front and center in your writing workshops.

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Open a Poetry Café to Celebrate Student Writing!

Beth Newingham

May 5, 2010
Grades 35

In eight well-defined steps, learn how to produce a poetry café in your classroom to showcase student work in the genre. From preparation through performance, Beth guides you through the process that will result in a night parents and poets will long remember.

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Unwrapping the 6 Traits With Primary Writers: Word Choice

Megan Power

April 22, 2010
Grades PreKK

Teaching word choice to young students yields some unexpected rewards. Here are lesson ideas and activities to take your young Yeats and budding Brontës from similes and metaphors through onomatopoeia and alliteration.

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Process Writing Basics for Primary Grades

Eric Antuna

October 8, 2009
Grades 35

Write, revise, edit, and proofread  the process of writing can easily intimidate a classroom of kids who find it hard enough to get past “I can’t think of anything to write about!” Here is a lesson plan to take your students from prewriting to publishing.

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Essay Writing With English Language Learners and Special Populations

Justin Lim

September 14, 2009
Grades 612

The challenges of teaching writing to students who are English language learners are numerous and, fortunately, so are the tips and tools to help. Take it from a teacher who has been there, done that, and developed writing assignment templates for the taking.

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