Always Write: Unique Job Descriptions and Noun Phrases.this is the teacher model I created, inspired by Uses for a Mom" by Harriet Ziefert.
"It was the best..., it was the worst..." Here Rylee pokes fun at her writing partner using an ANAPHORIC style borrowed from Charles Dickens. Here is the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm
We did our "Impersonating Mr. Dickens" writing assignment the week of our school musical, and here one of my students used said musical as his topic. Here's the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm
We did my "Impersonating Charles Dickens" lesson right after we finished our school musical, and this writers chose the musical as her topic. Here is the lesson that inspired this: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm
Just the Facts: Writing Your Own Research Report AWESOME book for teaching research writing. It is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school and a wonderful resource with great pictures to use when first teaching research writing!
Required nightly reading is a big part of most homework in elementary school so mix it up! Get your students out of a stale reading routine and get them reading in a variety of places and situations (ex. reading on a Wednesday under a tree)