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Journal Writing - Teachers explain how they use journals in their classrooms. source

Writing Prompts - Ideas to help students get started writing source

Flat Stanley Project - A collection of ways to complete a "Flat Stanley" project with your students. This has always been a huge success in my own classroom, so I hope these ideas help others try it out! source

Word Walls for Upper Grades - Word Wall information for Upper Grades. *Word Walls for spelling *Word Walls for building vocabulary *Word Walls for Content *How to put them up (including portable word walls) *Activities to do with the word walls source

Helping and Linking Verbs - If you are trying to liven up your grammar lessons, try some of these creative ideas for helping and lingking verbs. source

Figurative Language - similes, metaphors and more - Ideas for teaching figurative language and book/story suggestions that include elements of figurative language such as simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, idioms, personification, and alliteration source

Class Books - Making books with your students is a great way to get children reading and writing. It's also the perfect opportunity to have students take their writing home to read with their families. This collection is full of ideas to get you started making books with your students! source

4th grade writing - Writing is my main area of interest. The key is getting students to not fear writing assignments. Writing is like reading -- students need a lot of practice to help them master the skill. Here are some things you can do to take the fear away: 1. Get your students to write...source

Journals - For our journals, I read a story related to the monthly theme. I then ask a comprehension question, opinion, etc. (all related to NYS standards) and the children must give a response. WE write the response for them.

For example, after we read the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, they were asked: What could you have done to help save the old lady? They drew a picture and had to use problem solving skills to come up with a response. We wrote thier response. Some said give her water, others said...source

journals in Perk - Journals for adults are free time for expressing out thoughts. ITs not a structured activity or something we are made or told to do. Journal writing with preschool children should be children drawing pictures. If the child chooses to share the journal picture that day with a teacher, then the teacher may...source

Narrative Planner - I use a planner called "C-SPACE" to help my third graders learn the components of a good story. Our state has third graders focus on writing personal or imaginative narratives. I have found this planner to be wonderful in helping students ensure they have all the proper parts of a story...source

teaching writing - bulletin board - I love teaching writing! Heres what I usually do each year. I designate one bulletin board for student work. I title the board "A Classroom Community of Writers." For each "i," I make a pencil with an eraser top. Then, I make a...source

Writing Process - I have large laminated pencils with the stages of the writing process. Each pencil describes the stages and what the students should be doing at each stage. I usually begin the year by hanging a laminated sample of what good writing at each of those stages looks like underneath/by each pencil.That way students know...source

A "Tail" to Tell - Using a story map, students will plan out and write their own ending to the Three Little Pigs. Suggests possible resources source

Adding "Snap" to Language Arts - Designed for younger students, this lesson shows you how to incorporate the use of photography into a creative writing lesson source

Busy as a Bee - Lesson plan on teaching similies provides you with books to use to introduce the concept source

Comments Some Similies - Students will learn the function of both a similie and a metaphor in writing. The author of this lesson provides you with some examples you can use source

Graphic Organizers - Twelve graphic organizers that can be printed out and used in the classroom. Including Venn Diagram,Storyboard,Spider, Family Tree,etc. source

Introduction of the WriteKey System - Read through this website to get a new outlook on how to access your students writing. You can easily teach this to your class to produce more effective papers source

Its TIME for a New Bibliography for Narrative Writing - Wonderful list of picture books to help you teach specific skills in narrative writing. source

Journaling - Ideas and information for using journals in the classroom.Some types included are Metacognitive,Dialectical, Double Entry,Reflective source

Lets Write - A great guide to give to parents about how to encourage writing at home. There are lessons at the bottom that can also be done in class source

Sentence Writing - Help young students write strong sentences before they begin to write paragraphs source

Round Robin Suspense - Using writing prompts, students work in small groups to compose a short mystery. There is a list of suggested writing prompts source

The Big 6 - Contains a list of the six steps for students to use when problem solving. Shows you many ways that these skills can be applied in all areas of the curriculum. Tons of lesson ideas source

The Hamburger Model - Printable graphic organizer to help students organize their writing. source

The National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement - Shares the latest research on teaching practices for all grade levels. source

Venn Diagram Basic - This graphic organizer can be used in a variety of subjects. This site describes some of the ways to use a venn diagram with younger students source

Writing Bulletin Boards -
Ideas for writing related bulletin boards submitted by ProTeacher visitors source

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