Exciting lesson ideas, classroom strategies, book lists, videos, and reproducibles in a daily blog by teachers

Alycia

I live in New York

I teach third grade

I am an almost-digital-native and Ms. Frizzle wannabe

Rhonda

I live in New Jersey

I teach sixth grade literacy

I am passionate about my students becoming lifelong readers and writers

Christy

I live in New York

I teach K-5

I am a proud supporter of American public education and a tech integrationist

Erin

I live in Michigan

I teach second grade

I am a Tweet loving, technology integrating, mom of two with a passion for classroom design!

Allie

I live in Nevada

I teach PreK-K

I am a loving, enthusiastic teacher whose goal is to make learning exciting for every child

Genia

I live in Michigan

I teach third grade

I am seriously addicted to all things technology in my teaching

Kriscia

I live in California

I teach second and third grades

I am an eager educator, on the hunt to find the brilliance in all

Brian

I live in North Carolina

I teach kindergarten

I am a kindergarten teacher who takes creating a fun, engaging classroom seriously

Lindsey

I live in Illinois

I teach fourth grade

I am a theme-weaving, bargain-hunting, creative public educator

Great Writing Lesson Ideas From My Top Teaching Colleagues

By Beth Newingham on February 19, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

These creative ideas from some of my colleagues will help inspire both your top writers and your reluctant writers.

Angela Bunyi: During her first year as a Scholastic teacher mentor, Angela wrote a great article called "Supporting Your Budding Writers." It is full of ways to help those students who are constantly asking, “What can I write about?” She provides quick and easy methods for helping your writers self-select writing topics and become independent thinkers.

Ruth Manna: Ruth wrote a helpful post called "Teaching Writing — Choosing Topics." It focuses on the importance of providing students the freedom to select their own topics, a staple of an authentic Writing Workshop. She provides a list of ways to help students brainstorm ideas for narrative writing.

Danielle Mahoney: Danielle wrote two great posts on looking closely at your students' writing to truly plan and teach effective mini-lessons. The focus of her posts is to plan meaningful instruction that targets students' needs rather than simply adhering to a prescribed, scripted curriculum. Check out "Assess, Plan, Teach! Part 1 — Looking at Student Work" and "Assess, Plan, Teach! Part 2 — Strategies to Support Young Writers." 

Megan Power: Megan wrote about word choice designed specifically for primary writers. She showed how she uses picture books to help her kindergartners "play with words" using color words, similes and metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and strong verbs. Check out her creative post, "Unwrapping the 6 — Traits With Primary Writers: Word Choice."

Comments (0)

Post a Comment
(Please sign in to leave a comment. Privacy Policy)
Back to Top