These materials will give students the means to develop as writers and publish their work.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Learn how to adapt the Six-Traits writing model for use in your classroom. Kechia Williams, a middle school teacher in South Carolina uses the book, The Hickory Chair, in her mini-lesson to teach about ideas, organization, voice and conventions traits used in writing.
Teaching writing to young children takes a lot of preparation and patience. With the right resources in place, you can foster successful writers in your classroom.
Music can be the tool that ignites a spark in your reluctant readers or inspires a budding writer. Learn ways to incorporate well-known songs into your reading and writing programs.
Sharpen students' vocabulary, persuasive writing skills, and knowledge of the constitution with this lesson plan in which they write a mock letter to the president.
Students learn to identify strong voice in picture books by determining the emotions they feel when listening to a mentor text. Afterwards, students improve their own stories by strengthening the voice of their writing.
Shows a lesson plan for teaching students about the persuasive tactics used in advertising, including word choice and symbols, which students apply towards creating their own visual presentations.
Students will learn the genre of autobiographical writing by creating a well-developed plot.
This lesson plan teaches students how to research author David Shannon and how to create a book that imitates his writing style.
Features a lesson plan in which students learn about author Ann M. Martin's writing process for the book, A Dog's Life. Students then use the author's model to inspire their own writing.
Students will practice close reading and critical thinking skills by examining how author R.L. Stine uses word choice to create mode and understanding how words impact a reader.
Students will think critically about what keeps a reader engaged in a story and practice their own suspense writing
Naomi and Alexandra use the creative non-fiction genre to support kindergartners language and vocabulary skills to write how-to books about topics of their expertise.
The genre of autobiographical writing builds on the existing interest that middle school students already have in themselves and their lives while helping them develop and understand the craft of writing.
Mother's Day is a wonderful time to work on poetry writing in the form of acrostics. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a topic word to begin each line. All lines of the poem should relate to or describe the topic word. One word or a phrase can be used to describe the topic word. Poems are written vertically down the page and they do not have to rhyme.
This lesson wraps up a unit on real-world math. Here, students prepare constructive responses to questions about travel budgets created in earlier assignments.
After investigating a topic through research, observation, and experimentation, students will prepare a short science report.
Students hold presentations that inform their classmates about the steps involved in creating a polished science report.
Students analyze information on a pie chart to answer questions about gas prices. They also form constructed responses related to this topic.
Introduce different writing genres and improve writing skills in these areas.
This interactive tool creates quick writing prompts to help young students delve into creative writing.
Teaching first graders poetry is great fun when you use Power Point as a teaching tool. One teacher uses her favorite, Five Senses Poem, to get kids started using their imaginations and guides them as their writing takes flight.
Suggests using a lesson in autobiographical writing to get students acquainted at the beginning of the school year. The lesson plan includes reading autobiographies and modeling the writing process.
Lesson plans and additional resources for using the "Writing With Scientists" student activity in the classroom
Encourage students to boost their confidence by writing about what they know through personal experience.
Describes a unit plan in which students learn about forming a persuasive argument with visual and written techniques. Students are then asked to apply these strategies to writing an ad.
Offers thought provoking expository and letter-writing exercises emulating real-life scenarios that require concise written communication.
Promotes early literacy by having students discuss and emulate their favorite authors and writing styles. This lesson unit plan also teaches students the parts of a book.
This comprehensive assignment in autobiographical writing helps students hone their state-standard writing skills, while enabling teachers to assess the student's proficiency.
Foster students'self-expression though journaling. Students use a graphic timeline, brainstorming sessions, and personal goal setting to prompt thoughtful journal entries in this 3-lesson unit plan.
This unit combines current events with traditional math skills, and uses open-ended math questions for constructed response, challenging students' writing and problem solving skills.
Teaching lessons within the Trait Crate series for Grades K-2 that use picture books, teaching guides, posters and more.
When students are encouraged to engage in inventive thinking, adaptability, curiosity and risk taking their writing is more likely to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills and sound reasoning.
This teacher-created book list includes tips for classroom use.
Creative resources for implementing writing in the math curriculum.
Books and resources to be used with the "Writing With Scientists" student activity.
Four great teacher-recommended resources