Classroom Ideas - Writing
When you ask students to write a paragraph, do they REALLY know how to write a paragraph? They may have a harder time than you think! This lesson has transformed the way my students write their paragraphs, and in turn - their essays!
Inferencing Charades: Descriptive Writing Games to Improve Narrative Writing
Just spent the day at a Lucy Calkins Workshop - pretty excited because we're doing this unit right now and I *know* hits hits sooo many Common Core standards - teaching kids to "read as a writer," AND expand on their writing using details. Hip hip hooray for strreeeetttccchhiinnnggg out our thoughts in writing!
What makes a good writer? How do you become a good writer? Lucy Calkins - author of the Units of Study for Reading and Writing series - offers words of wisdom on how to approach writing tasks to produce the best compositions possible. She discusses revising writing, reading your own writing, paying attention to detail, and other aspects of being...
Student Packet to go with Personal Narrative Mini Lessons 1-8 from Lucy Calkins
Personal Narrative Unit (Calkins 3-5)
Lucy Calkins Speaks to kids about how to be a writer. Good to show on revision day.
Where's the Bacon? A Balanced Literacy and Art Unit---Common Core aligned
Where's the Bacon? Charlie the Ranch Dog Unit: Reading and Art!
A Classroom Poetry Peek into how one first grade teacher and her class celebrate poetry with a Poet-Tree along with a poem about a "Worm's Wish." April is Poetry Month - From The Poem Farm, a site full of poems and poem mini lessons and poetry ideas - www.poemfarm.amyl...
A Fan Page Freebie for you. Opening and Closing ideas for writing.
This chart goes along exactly with what Fletcher discusses in chapter 10. I like this idea for giving students the different ways they can start a story. It would be good to start with one and then have them practice that day continue on each day. This way they students can practice the different methods.
We started off by reading Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems. We discussed how the pigeon was trying to get the reader to do something. Then we wrote down the sentence starters that the pigeon used to sound convincing. The kiddos also brainstormed who they could write the letter to and what food they would advertise instead of turkey.
Don't eat Turkey writing project