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    Twitter door- have a laminated strip for every child and they get time to update status about something they learned, liked or happened during school that day!

    Great mini videos each with their own list of suggested guiding questions and writing tasks. Built for elementary school but by changing the questions could be used in middle school.

    Just the right amount of SALT...for writing, to see if the kids added these things in.

    Puzzling Poetry is a fun review game in which kids match poetic devices with their definitions and examples. You'll find this activity in Laura Candler's Exploring Poetry: Tools for Teaching Kids to Read and Understand Poetry. $

    Literacy & Math Ideas: Vary Sentence Structure

    Effective Leads...Great chart to keep up during writing time!

    Jennifer's Teaching Tools: Writing Strong Leads

    Poetry terms with examples and definitions - included in Laura Candler's Exploring Poetry along with lessons, activities, and printables for teaching kids to read and understand poetry.

    Get your students excited about poetry. Click HERE for a FREE high-interest 45-minute lesson!

    Writing Prompt: One day you find this tiny door at a corner of your bedroom. What do you do? Who uses that door? Where does the door lead?

    FREE- Students have so much fun writing narratives in which they invite famous guests to dinner. Imagine the conversation between George Washington and Justin Bieber! This would be a perfect activity during a unit on dialogue.

    20 Poetry Word Wall cards and blank templates to create your own! Color and B&W versions recently added to Exploring Poetry by Laura Candler $

    Figurative Language Helps Descriptions!

    Hello Literacy: So What's the Big Deal? Getting to the Main Idea & Key Details - (Standard 2)

    Fractured Fairy Tales book list- fractured fairy tales are so much more than hip. They are great teaching tools about point of view, characterization, and of course alternate endings. They are also just really fun to read. This list like all of our book lists include affiliate links.

    Writing Process Bookmark

    post-it notes for students to use to show when they find figurative language in books...

    I love this website....great prompts for journals...I just add the image to my blog and students write each morning. There is a new prompt each day (some for older students). Very interesting topics

    FREEBIE! Marker Mania activity, kids color code parts of speech in sentences, markers make anything fun!

    rainbow editing idea. Great way to make peer editing more fun. It also focuses not just on the negative but also on the positive aspects of a student's writing!

    LMN Tree: National Poetry Month Free Resources

    cups- printable bookmarks as reminders for students on how to edit their work.

    Summon the power of song. | 21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity