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fun ways to practice descriptive writing

Five Ways to Practice Descriptive Writing

As a writing teacher, you probably feel like your mantra is “show don’t tell!”  Getting students to write descriptively is a real challenge.  Here are five writing challenges and prompts to try. 1. Do they understand what you mean by descriptive writing? (and can they find it?) Here is where a mentor text will help.  […] Read more…

Engage middle school students in narrative writing by using short videos. Click through to learn how to effectively use commercial, pixar shorts, and TV shows to get your students thinking about narrative elements.

Using Videos to Teach Narrative Writing

Video and narrative writing go hand in hand. As you prepare your students to begin writing narratives, you’ll want to teach them the elements of the genre.  But before they even put pen to paper, you can use videos to teach narrative writing.  Why? We are surrounded by stories.   Commercials, TV shows, movies, video games, […] Read more…

Here are ideas to help students get excited about research. Lesson plans and ideas that will get you started.

How to Get Your Students Excited about Research

Research should be fun!  Yet it often involves restricted topics, rules, and requirements that can limit a student’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm.   Encourage students to follow their questions by implementing simple, small research activities about topics they are curious about. Create a Research Notebook I loved making  upcycled notebooks, and I decided to use […] Read more…

What should you teach in February? Here are ideas to help you get the most from this month!

What to teach in February

Looking for ideas of what to teach in February? Here are some ideas to get you started! This article contains affiliate links.  You can read more about that here. There are tons of quirky, funny, and interesting holidays this month. You can find a whole list here. Here are some of the important ones that […] Read more…

Looking for teaching ideas for January? Here are 11 that are sure to help. Grammar, writing, reading, and more. Click through for exclusive freebies for teachers!

What to teach in January

Not sure what to teach in January? Here is a list of ideas to get you started! Here are some important events for this month that you’ll want to be sure to include on your calendar: This is International Creativity Month January 17 is Kid Inventor’s Day Celebrate Thesaurus Day (Peter Mark Roget’s birthday) on […] Read more…

Looking for ideas to teach narrative writing? Click through for ways to make your teaching more effective, productive, and organized.

How to Teach Narrative Writing

When it’s time to teach narrative writing, you’re faced with lots of choices, requirements…and grading. Looking for help with where to start and how to organize this writing task?  Here are some tips for teaching successful narrative writing. Let’s get started! What is narrative writing? Narrative writing tells a story. It may or may not […] Read more…

Ready to teach creative writing? Click through for tips to making it the best class ever! Download the free story starters and you're ready to go!

Tips for Teaching Creative Writing

Teaching creative writing?  Not sure where to start? I’ve got you! Let’s get planning! How to Teach Creative Writing All writing is (or at least should be) creative.   However, if you are teaching a specific creative writing class, here are some tips to keep it moving: Plan your outcomes. Build your lessons. Create a […] Read more…

November lesson plans

What to Teach in November

Wondering what to teach in November?  Here are 12 ideas to help you get started. Let’s check them out! In the U.S., November means cooler temperatures, settling into school routines, voting, and Thanksgiving.   Journal Prompts 1.  Teaching gratitude.  Fall seems to be a natural time to think about gratitude here in the States.  I love this gratitude journal. The digital […] Read more…

Searching for ways to help struggling writers? This post provides a variety of ways you can do that. Help your middle school students achieve writing fluency this year!

How to Help Struggling Writers

I recently received a message from a teacher asking for help with her struggling middle school writers.  She knew that all of her plans, units, and writing prompts were not going to be effective teaching tools if her students didn’t grasp the writing fundamentals they needed. Perhaps you spent an entire in-service day planning your […] Read more…

Looking for ideas for October? Here are 12 ideas that will strengthen writing, reading, researching, and speaking skills for your students!

October Lesson Plan Ideas

Looking for October lesson plan ideas — or have the have the crazies of October already hit? ? Either way, here are 12 ideas to help you keep students working and engaged for the month (numbers 5 & 6 are my favorites!). Writing Adjust journal prompts.  One of my students’ favorites is to write about […] Read more…

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