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

mentor texts & corresponding mini-lessons for writing!

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!

Glue into writer's notebook after a mini-lesson on sentence variety - starting a sentence with a dependent clause.

I like this idea of a checklist for mini-lessons. We could come up with ideas for all mini-lessons at the beginning of the year using the objectives and units. Once the mini-lesson has been taught, the checklist would help with conferencing discussions.

DESCRIPTIVE WORDS~ Great for writing, lessons on synonyms/antonyms, or for lesson on use of specific language.

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

WRITER #1:Tell the story about what was happening when this picture was taken. WRITER #2: Add to the the first writer's story. WRITER #3: Share your thoughts or the life lesson. WRITER #1: Read the story. Edit and revise it for clarity. Give it a title. Lesson link http://pinterest.com/elaseminars (Photo source link below)

Commas anchor chart

mini lesson ideas

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.

Lessons That Change Writers Electronic Binder (Lessons That Change Writers Lessons That Change Writers): Nancie Atwell: 9780325012797: Amazon.com: Books

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.

A Writer's Rule Book

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

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

A Year of Mini Writing Lessons.. I just read "no more I'm done" this summer and its an amazing book!!!!! Love it! I have tried things in it from day 1

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

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!

Show, Don't Tell Anchor Chart Take note of the task on the bottom...use for vocab review.