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Teaching Writing

This is BRILLIANT! A way to be sure your conferences outlast the piece of writing! WOW! WOW! WOW! Can't wait to put this into action! Thanks for sharing Julie Ballew! A new BLOG to follow for sure!

Free template to create Writing Offices for students. The students have these offices available when they are writing.

Roll a Story great for teaching how to make interesting elements in a story. Love this for those kids who are stuck on what to write about! For the Foreign Language Classroom: Can I have kids brainstorm the 18 squares first like with Mad-Libs and THEN write the stories???

Great for teaching paragraphs and informative writing! One way to introduce this is to buy a cheap burger from somewhere. Start eating the meat only in front of the kids - have them help you build the burger. (add the bun! add lettuce! add ketchup!) Let them know that their writing is JUST the meat - they need to add more to it. Love the visual for them to make.

Focus Sticks - great way for kids to check their writing...such a great idea. This post has templates for creating your own focus sticks, plus posters to help teach each of the focus items. This could be adapted to go with our 3 writing rubrics???

Also cute idea for writing lyrics and critiques. I have always wanted to do this! This teaches kids to use synonyms for 'tired' words that are overused. "Tired words want to go to sleep. Let them rest. Don't make a peep! Try to use a synonym instead. Let those tired words stay in bed!"

A strategy to teach how to write a complete sentence- I love the strip that prompts the kids to write an adjective, noun, verb and place.(***Make the strip for Writing Workshop.)

handwriting house- teaching writing to kids I did a quick informal lesson on this even though it was mid-year and it was helpful. I will still see kids writing and say verbal reminders. (I tweeked it a little and said basement-->first floor-->second floor-->attic)

Each student comes up and picks a stick out of my hand; they have to place the word in the right cup. Then, after all sticks have been sorted, students can choose one stick from each cup and create a sentence using all three words. A great informal assessment!

MUCH better than dots or dashes. Highlighters to teach handwriting.