Writing

5 Ways to Differentiate for Stronger Writers

  We’ve all been there before.  Most of your class doesn’t seem to have a clue what you’re teaching, but then you’ve got 2-3 students that are sailing along.  They’re moving and shaking in Writing Workshop. They take what you teach and somehow make it look even...

Quick Tip to Teach Paraphrasing in Writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y4k_XglNjs Around this time of year, you may be in test prep mode and your students are getting antsy.  Plus it’s later in the year, so you need some engaging lessons to keep your kids writing.  We all know how important it is to keep...

How to Teach Elaboration in Writing

-Does any of this sound familiar? If you're reading this post, I bet so.  When we say "add more details" - what exactly does that mean? Do you know? Do your students know? Maybe, possibly, but we all know that doesn't help a child understand their next steps.  Part of...

When Santa Was a Baby Writing Activity

December Writing ‘Tis the season for craziness in your classroom! December can definitely create some classroom chaos.  But there is also nothing quite like the excitement that fills the air in a classroom of children excited for the holidays.  While they may have a...