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Writing doesn't have to be 'boring'

INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, AND EMPOWER: Writing doesn't have to be 'boring'

Great post outlining 5 ridiculously easy ways to improve your student's writings. Will def have to implement some of these in my writing workshop!

5 Easy Tips for Improving Student Writings

Mentor Texts for Teaching Opinion Writing ~ Fabulous free tips and ideas included in this blog post.

Building a paragraph is like building a strong house you can't knock down! I LOVE IT! All of the parts matter and it's aligned with Common Core Writing Standards 1 & 2

Building a Paragraph

Do your students need help generating good beginnings and endings? How many of your students leave one or both out? Now students will have this all in one place! Two posters to help students create good opening and closings for writing. $

Opening and Closing Statements

This post has fun winter prompts to help your kids write creatively. Can be used as a whole class activity, for writing journals, in writing centers, or even as homework.

The Teacher Next Door: Creative Ideas from My Classroom to Yours.

FREE Informational Text Structure Posters and Handout~ Each one features a list of signal words and tips for identification. These will work well for teaching CCSS RI.4.5 and RI.5.5. Looks like they could easily be used as bookmarks, too!

UNDERSTANDING WRITING PROMPTS Powerpoint~ This 56-slide PPT introduces the 3 types of CCSS writing: informative/explanatory (expository), narrative, and opinion (persuasive). Students learn key terms and use a variety of kid-friendly prompts to practice identifying different types of writing. Knowing what the prompt requires makes it easier for students to stick to the topic and add relevant details. When students understand the writing process, writing becomes fun and exciting! $

Understanding Prompts: Expository, Narrative, & Persuasive PPT

Anchor Chart: OREO Opinion Writing

101 Writing Prompts Idea in a Jar - like "What would you do if you found a pair of magical shoes?" or "Write a story about a robot that does your homework."

101+ Writing Prompts (with writing checklist)

I have used this Narrative Writing Diamond its from Empowering Writers - my writing bible!!!! Its a great visual and really gets students writing a fabulous story!

Colorful Teaching: Narrative Writing Diamond Freebie

FREE Writing Posters (different kinds of writing)

FREE Types of Writing Posters

The ultimate writing station! Unbelievable! My kids went from hating writing to begging for it!

Main Idea Bags ~ Each bag has a unified group of items. Students unpack bag and write down the main idea and "supporting details." Love this free idea. It might be fun to ask for student volunteers to help select items for the next set of bags.

Transition Words

This concept is so tough for kids. It is a great chart to add to a mini-lesson next year.

Launching your Writing Workshop ~ This product has a little bit of Lucy Calkins, Six +1 Traits and just good old Writing instruction to help your...

"Spotlight" on good writing! Great idea to encourage students to write and make them proud of their writing!

everything you need to set up writer's workshop in your class...resource binder

Persuasive sentence starters

musical chairs writing When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off. 10 minute intervals...or with alphabet and numbers :)

FREE - 28 Writing Prompt Task Cards for primary grades

Persuasive transition Words and Phrases

Halloween Writing Prompts and Stationery

Story Elements Box- Props and pictures that will help create and compose stories.