Engage students with this holiday writing assignment that combines close reading with opinion writing. Your students will learn more about holiday traditions around the world as they engage in meaningful common core ELA activities.Read More
Winter Descriptive Writing
One area of narrative writing that my students continue to need practice is with elaborating details. When my students write to tell a story, they generally want to get the information out in the shortest way possible. Getting them to stop the story and elaborate on details is often a challenge. Adding descriptive details is a learned skill in which students need to be given support and lots of practice.
One area of student writing that often gets overlooked is describing the setting of a story. I really enjoy helping my students practice this skill. When given a little structure and support, students can transform their writing. By describing the setting in elaborate detail, the students learn to set the stage and help draw the reader into their story.Read More
Spend some quality time learning, laughing, and talking as you share these Thanksgiving writing activities at your dinner table this holiday season.Read More
The Undiscovered Author Writing Reflection is a fun end of the year writing activity inspired by Playbill Biographies. During this writing project, students reflect on their writing assignments for the year. This writing reflection makes a great cover piece for student writing portfolios and they are very cute to hang up at Open House!Read More
Writing Cinquain Poetry: Focus on Fossils
I love how poetry blends writing and art. It is so beautiful and creative, yet often a challenge for young writers. I also enjoy taking two unrelated skills and marrying them together.
For this activity, I integrated:
Science + Poetry
What a lovely way to bring the left and right brain together.