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Writing - Descriptive Writing - Are you looking for ways to get your students to be more descriptive when they write? Here's a collection of descriptive writing ideas to get you started in the right direction. source

Letter Writing - Kids always enjoy writing letters! Here's a collection of ideas to use when having your students write their own letters. source

School Newspaper - If you are new to school newspapers, or just need some fresh ideas, you are in the right place. Read about the in's and out's of running a school newspaper. source

Persuasive Writing - Many students struggle with persuasive writing. Try implementing some of these activities or prompts to get your students moving on the right track. source

Character, settting, problem - I will write a character, setting, and problem on the board and the students then write a story using those elements. They are instructed to think of their own solution to the problem. I usually use elements that arent predictable, such as...source

Descriptive writing using 5 senses - do a FUN activity with my kids using the five senses. I give each student a piece of writing paper and tell them we are going to write about "Object X." They have to pretend they are aliens and want to send information back to their home planet about...source

fiction writing - After you do some rewritings of familiar stories, make up other stories with your class. We do "what if" stories occassionally. ie. What would happen if a monster came to our class. The students decide who the character is, usually they want the setting to be our classroom/playground. What does the monster do? They said...source

newspaper activities - Some activities that Ive done include: 1. Divide a paper into 4 parts and label each with a different part of speech (verb, noun, adverb, and adjective). Let them use the newspaper to find examples...source

newspaper literacy centers - Here are some center ideas I got from a newspapers in the classroom workshop. You could have one center in your classroom be a "newspaper center" with rotating activities.Have students find their spelling words in the newspaper, cut them out...source

Read All About Us! - I also used a newspaper theme for my second grade class one year. I used the caption "Read All About Us!" and then each of my "cub reporters" wrote...source

sentence starters game - I write sentence starters (one for each student) on thin strips of paper. Examples: The best vacation I ever took was... OR My favorite dessert is.... I roll them up tightly and put them into balloons. Blow up and tie the balloons. The students take turns choosing a...source

writing autobiographies - ask my students to compose an autobiographical piece each year as part of a larger family project. Maybe these suggestions will help: 1. Model, model, model. Use your own life experience to draw on; offer an example of what you are expecting by walking them through the process with some of your own information. You will be amazed at the motivational value of ...source

A Written Game of Telephone: Creative Writing and Reading Comprehension - A twist on the old favorite. Students will have to read and think carefully and then write what they remember source

Ad Attack! - Learn about persuasive techniques by studing advertisements. Students will study several ads and reflect on how they effect their lives source

Animal Act - Great follow up for a unit on folk tales. This writing activity encourages students to examine the role that animals play in folk tales and then to write their own source

Biography Maker - Online lesson about biography writing. Includes important questions a writer must ask before writing a biography source

Clustering - Inspired by a photograph or painting, students brainstorm various words that come to mind, then write a vignette source

Composing an Autobiography Using a Web - Designed to help younger students write a story about themselves, but can be adapted to all levels source

Creative Writing - Use photos from the newspaper to inspire creative writing. Conduct a story telling session afterwards source

Descriptive Paragraphs: Artistic Impressions - Students pick a specific place and then write about it. They then exchange their writing with another student who must draw the place as the see it in their mind source

Have You Heard This One? (Tall Tales Writing Activity) - Lists activities and heros to complement a unit on tall tales source

Idea Organizer - Do your students need help getting their writing organized? This graphic organizer may do just the trick source

Its in the Bag - Use this descriptive writing assignment to help teach your students about setting, time, and place. Easy to set up source

Its News to Me (Primary) - Students can use the internet to create their own newspaper. After reviewing the online paper students can then create their own source

Make a Paper Bag Book - With a little cutting and folding you can turn a paper bag into a book for your students to create stories on source

Make Your Classroom Newspaper - Seem complicated? Not with this lesson which gives you easy to follow directions to make this activity a success source

Nonfiction or Informational Writing (PRIMARY) - Designed for primary grades, use a K-W-L chart with your students to write a report source

Our Day at School - Enhance the reading-writing connection by having your students compose a short paragraph about their day at school source

Our Favorite Authors (Primary) - Using books by author Jan Brett, students will begin to develop an understanding of plot, setting, and characters. From this students will develop theirown stories source

Personal Narrative Topics - Chart your students can use to help generate ideas when writing a personal narrative source

Pizzaz! Creative Writing Resources - Creative writing activities and resources (especially poetry) and copyable handouts source

Read-In - Pair older students with younger ones in this lesson that will teach older students about the writing process source

Story Tellers (PRIMARY) - Great hands-on lesson that will have students telling stories both orally and through writing source

Successful Paragraphs - (INTERMEDIATE) Students write a five-sentence paragraph with varied sentence beginnings source

Ten Creative Writing Activities - Exciting ideas that will liven up your lesson plans and get your kids imaginations flowing source

The Five Paragraph Essay - Discusses how to write a five paragraph essay and provides prompts for expository, narrative, and persuasive essays source

Why is Research Important? What the Potato Can Teach Us - Students compose a short paper on the potato based on what they think they know. With the help of the internet they then conduct research and revise their paper source

Writing - Discuss how stories are started and practice developing sentences with these exercises source

Writing a Cooperative Class Story - Students start a story and then take turns adding to it. At the end these can be illustrated, edited, and published source

Writing About Feelings - Students will explore synonyms and how they are used in writing. They will be able to write a piece on a specific topic source

Writing an Autobiography - Step by step, this lesson will help guide your students through thr writing process as they compose a story about their own lives source

Writing Prompts/Journal Topics - A list of potential prompts for students to use in their writing source

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