Middle School Writing Course: FULL YEAR (Grades 6-9)
Step-by-step writing and revising lessons dramatically improve the writing proficiencies of students in grades 6-9.
8 Simple Steps To Become A Great Writer
Write 50 words. That's a paragraph. Write 400 words. That's a page. Write 300 pages. That's a manuscript. Write every day. That's a habit. Edit and rewrite.
Teach Students to Create Mood in Writing
Knowing how to create mood in writing is often something students struggle with. Find four instruction tips to use when teaching mood, plus two videos and links to great pictures to use in your writing lessons.
Scary Story Writing Ideas for Middle School Kids
Encouraging your students to write a scary story for an assignment in your class is a great way to introduce the horror genre to them while also focusing on their creative writing skills.
Writing Narrative Endings - Young Teacher Love
I have to be honest. Teaching writing is tough. Each year, I set out to build a community of writers, and it is no easy task. One of the toughest things for my students is writing endings. They always start out with catchy beginnings only to get bogged down and just stop at the end. […]
8 Tips for Naming Characters -
An Esmerelda by any other name would be just as sweet, wouldn’t she? I think not. What we name our characters is important. If you’re like me, the story swirling around in your head can’t begin to mesh until you’ve found just the right name. Here are some tips. 1. Ethnicity While many people these …
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Mentor texts for informational text structures: Compare and Contrast, plus lots of ideas to help you teach informational text structures in the classroom.
Interactive Notebook Linky Party ~ Five for Friday! - I'm Lovin' Lit
I’m *very* excited to be linking up with Jennifer at 4mulaFun for her Interactive Notebook Linky Party! Aaaand since I’m a double-dippin kinda gal I’m going to show you 5 of my interactive notebooking lessons, making this a great Five for Friday! All of these ideas come from my Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Teaching […]
WRITING CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
CHARACTER SNAPSHOTS When writers want to give their readers a sneak peek into a character's real or fictional world, they use snapshots. What are Snapshots? Snapshots are vivid descriptions used to help readers create pictures in their minds. Character snapshots capture little slices of li...