*Use for fun, motivating morning work or literacy centers!*Print one copy of the emoji prompt for each of your students. (Students will each get a page slip.) Your students will take their slip of paper and cut out each of the emoji. They must then create a story (you create the requirements) using the emoji in place of actual words.
Writing good paragraphs is an essential skill, and one that takes time and effort to master. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Here is a time-tested method for getting your students to write better paragraphs.
By the time students reach middle school and especially high school, there is this assumption that students know how to write. They have, after all, been doing it for five, six, seven, eight years, right? Wrong. Writing must be explicitly taught; it's not something to which students will just catch on.