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Biography Poems
I use a biography poem to get to know my students. I ask my students to write a biography poem based on themselves. On the handout given to them, I create an example about myself so that the students ...
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Breaking Up Story Dialogue
A great way to help kids break up a story into its proper format when dialogue is concerned is to use different colored highlighters. Have students highlight one speaker in one color and another speak...
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Cartoon Dialogues
Writing dialogue can be the trickiest part of creative writing. Ms. Russell introduces her third-grade students to this writing skill by using cartoons with blank thought bubbles.
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Class Logs
Excessive absences prompted me to devise a Class Log system. I have three-ringed folders in different colors that are labeled Block 1, Block 2, etc. These folders remain on the counter in my classroom...
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Comparing Poems
In our school, students often read and write poetry, but some standardized tests now require students to compare poems. So we read a poem a day or week depending on schedules. We talk about the feelin...
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Complete Stories
Ms. Pearson breaks down the parts of a story using strips of colored paper glued on a white copy sheet. Adopt Ms. Pearson’s cut and paste method to write color-coded holiday stories and decorate your classroom from top to bottom (or beginning to end)!
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Creative Research Papers
Mr. Beachey revamped the standard research paper assignment, adding a new twist that combines rigorous research methods with creative writing and imaginative thinking. Students are more engaged with their papers, and he’s more engaged with reading them.
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Dear Abby
If your students are “Upset and Unhappy,” Ms. Mitchell has a unique writing activity that involves anonymous role-playing and supplies advice for whatever ails them.
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Differentiated Reading
We have kids who have reading abilities all over the charts. Some are as high as twelfth grade and others are as low as first grade.
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Efficient and Effective Grading
There will always be papers in our grading boxes, but Kathy found that creating a variety of assignments and varying their lengths helps tremendously to cut down on the work. She shares two of her favorites.
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