Quiet writing time with fun music was one of the MOST peaceful times in my classroom this year. The kids loved it. Love this chart to introduce the expectations for it.

Quiet writing time with fun music was one of the MOST peaceful times in my classroom this year. The kids loved it. Love this chart to introduce the expectations for it.

Mystery key stories - each tag includes a writing prompt dealing with a key and is attached to a real key. Students randomly select a key and write a story. This blog post includes some great story lines to include on the tags!

Mystery key stories - each tag includes a writing prompt dealing with a key and is attached to a real key. Students randomly select a key and write a story. This blog post includes some great story lines to include on the tags!

Musical chairs writing. Fun idea! When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off. Time intervals baed on grade level. this gets the kids creative and is a good way to share each other's writing

Musical chairs writing. Fun idea! When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off. Time intervals baed on grade level. this gets the kids creative and is a good way to share each other's writing

Narrative Transition Words Anchor Chart. Love it!!  Must remember to make one for expository transition words as well.

25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

Narrative Transition Words Anchor Chart. Love it!! Must remember to make one for expository transition words as well.

Careful with this. You should definitely use other words for "said" in your narrative, but your dialogue tags (if needed) should be unobtrusive. "Said" is okay in most cases, and adverbs should be avoided (the dialogue by itself should convey the desired emotion).

Careful with this. You should definitely use other words for "said" in your narrative, but your dialogue tags (if needed) should be unobtrusive. "Said" is okay in most cases, and adverbs should be avoided (the dialogue by itself should convey the desired emotion).

Trash can thesaurus. "Throw out" over used words and give alternative words to use

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