Posts in Writing Mini-lessons
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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Interactive Writing Notebooks: Creating a "Space-Saving" Reference Section

Including a reference section in student writing notebooks is essential! Read to learn more about ways to set up the resource reference section and to gain suggestions on types of resources to include. Students will become more independent writers when writing skills and strategies are at their fingertips!

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Help Your Students A.C.E. Response to Text Writing

Students are constantly asked to respond to text. Whether reading literature or nonfiction, students need to know how to write a response to text to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the reading. 

When students give a short answer response to a text, they often give the shortest answer possible.

However, its not completely their fault because this is how students have been trained. They are used to simply answering the question.

In order for students to learn to effectively write responses to text, we must teach them how to cite evidence and explain it.

Here is an easy formula to teach students how to write an effective response to text. 

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Writing Engaging Leads for Narrative Writing

Grabbing and holding the reader's’ attention is what makes or breaks a story. I don’t know any teachers who get excited to read 30 narratives that begin with the same boring opener. I have taught 2nd - 6th grade and I expect more from my students. The lead is an important element of the story and should take effort and thought.

Let me share some ideas with you about how you can get your kids to write a better hook than, “Do you like dogs? I do. Let me tell you about my dog, Frank.”

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Descriptive Writing Lesson - A Winter Setting

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.

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Writing Poetry with Science Content

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.

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