This is a word of the week worksheet. Each Monday, students will receive this worksheet and will be given a word. By the end of the week their worksheet will be filled and they will be expanding their vocabulary.
This is a great way to quickly and informally assess students during small group or individual instruction -- students write a statement in response to what they have read, discussed, or learned, as well as a question. (use post it notes)
My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 6th grader Dontae's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.
Personifying Vocabulary is a wonderful writer's notebook challenge. If you visit this page, check out the student samples at the bottom of the page. Corbett Harrison always provides great resources for writing instruction.
8th grader Audrey scores a "Vocabulary Collecting" Award with this set of words, all inspired by our class non-fiction: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest. Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker. Thanks, Jacie. We will miss you too. :-)
Started teaching them my writing techniques for their four required vocab words each week way back in August, and the quality of my students' vocab I assessed over break is astoundingly good. I know this group of students will create some new writing tasks for their peers this spring that will blow my mind. Want to make your kids love vocabulary "collecting" too? Check out this resource page I maintain for them: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
My 7th graders all end the year reading & comparing two Steinbeck novellas. Rylee--seventh grade-- shares four of her eight words from last week that came from "The Red Pony," which won her a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award. Rylee...come by and take up to five prizes from the extra credit prize bucket! Check out my free-to-access vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
This comic will help students identify and fix comma splices. It includes a comic and a series of exercises with an answer key and suggestions for teaching. For more fun comics and resources on grammar, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.