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The Rule of So What from Nancie Atwell's Lessons That Change Writers

All writers of essays need to know how to write a thesis statement. Unfortunately, this proves difficult for inexperienced writers so teaching thesis statements should be the first step in teaching students how to write essays. This lesson plan on reviews the qualities of a good thesis statement and shares attention-grabbing ideas and activities.

{freebie} Rules for dialogue

Word boxes: If a student doesn't know how to spell a word, they check the card in the box. If it's not there, they bring the card to me, we spell it together, and then the card goes back in its spot when they're done. Promotes independent writers!

Writers Workshop: Revising (ARMS) & Editing (CUPS) This is a good visual for students to show the difference between Editing and Revising which are parts of the writing process. @Helen Palmer Cosner

Commas anchor chart

An example personal narrative lesson for middle school students. Anchor chart and examples included.

This pin was really wonderful! It has an idea to begin a writer's notebook with your class. It goes into detail and I think this is something that I would love to try. There is art combined with writing. This could be pretty awesome for the artsy people in the classroom! I loved the idea.

Narrative Writing: Launching Writer's Workshop in 1st Grade

Guide for Revising Writing~ This chart gives students a great visual reminder of how to make their writing even "stronger" and "more powerful." Easy mnemonic device

writer's workshop idea - word choice

Revising and editing writing. Love her blog for writing test mini lesson prep

Change the way you read novels in class -- and 500 other awesome ideas for ELA HS teachers!! LOVE!!

WOW! Check out this writing workshop launching unit. Includes mini-lessons and printable books for your students. Also has printable word walls and more! Great for a writers' workshop kick-off!

Launching Writer's Workshop/ readers workshop -- this would be a great chart to help the kids understand what the expectations

This is a great idea, to post each step on the walls of your classroom. You could compose these steps with your class to relate it to them easier. Students in middle levels work a lot with writers workshop and would be able to offer information for the posters.

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

A Teacher's Bag of Tricks: Flag Your Strategy

Lesson idea and graphic organizer for describing the setting and using the book The Relatives Came

Run-on Sentences anchor chart (image only)

Writers notebook entries - I am a ...