Beat Writer's Block: A Brainstorming Bonanza

To me, learning how to brainstorm is a critical skill to advance the writing process.  Students genuinely need direct instruction and allocated time to practice how to brainstorm.  Without teaching this skill, students are likely to deem it fruitless, skip to outlining, and eventually find themselves in a writing rut. 

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4 Reasons to Write Bio Poems to Kick off AND Wrap up Your School Year

Bio poems are simple poems that give biographical information about one person. This type of poem follows a specific pattern of writing, responding to given prompts designed to describe the focus person of the poem. Bio poems can be written at any time during the year, and in a variety of ways to meet different writing objectives.

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3 Genres of Writing: Narrative, Creative Writing and Poetry

Stay in the know! Read to find out how you can stay supported with incorporating genres of writing into your classroom! Gain support with Narrative Writing, Creative Writing and Poetry!

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4 Activities to Support Creative Writing

During writer’s workshop, I do not deviate from the standards I am responsible for teaching. Here’s where my conflict arises: I want my young writers to experience writing in a fun, free, engaging and enjoyable way; I want them to let loose, relax, smile, and laugh! I will describe four activities I always have available for my students to help them tap into their creative side.

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Narrative Writing Mini-Lesson: Narrow Focus

A HUGE mistake I see many Elementary writers make is trying to write a story about a topic that’s too broad. Instead of focusing on a small slice or seed of the story, they try to cover EVERYTHING that happened from when they woke up to when they went to bed. Here is a mini-lesson that will help your students narrow their focus to a specific event.

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