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Such a good idea to teach compare and contrast AND biography. Wish I had more time!

My Heart Map. Students create a heart map in their writer's notebook as inspiration for their writing. 3 important people, 3 hobbies, 3 important places, 3 memories, and 3 important things. They will always have something to write about for a personal narrative.


Teaching Children to Compare & Contrast

Teaching Children to Compare & Contrast using a notebook entry. A great introduction that includes using a fun picture book!

These are some ideas that could go into a Writer's Notebook. OMG! Why didn't my teacher's do something like this. This is fun and entertaining for the students. It make me excited to try something like this. I think students would enjoy it because they are writing about themselves while inputting what they learned about punctuation, grammar etc.

Paragraph Reminder~ This is great for students who are beginning to write multi-paragraph narratives or essays. Simple, clear, and helpful!

This link is to an excellent teaching blog. The picture is of a venn diagram that compares two students in the class. You could also do this and have the students compare two characters from a story! I also like how this incorporates art into language arts. -Maggie Smith 2/18/13