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Giving examples and then having students choose what works best for them... I love it.

Nice explanation of particular genres for writing ... those that tend to be found on high stakes tests

Printable poster freebie! Different ways to introduce a story or essay.

I love this! I want all my students to know that they are writers! Andddd that writing doesn't have to be boring.

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The High-Tech Teacher: Slick Tricks for Grade Six: Writing Resource Notebook!! Hours of research and work PLUS picture books to correspond! :)

Writing anchor charts. This is something that can be done as a classroom activity where student's brainstorm these ideas or look through mentor texts to see what tools published author's use. Posting the list on the wall can help student's when they begin writing a piece.

stellaluna was my favorite children's book of all times of course adding the hungy caterpillar and the rainbow fish and amelia bedelia:)

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My descriptions this year of "Hook" sentences were abysmal. I definitely hope to use this for next year. It makes way more sense than mine did.