Writing

Narrative Nonfiction Mentor Text

Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Nonfiction Writing

Narrative Nonfiction isn’t a new genre, but it is new to many teachers. The good news is that a lot of the elements of creative writing are applicable to this writing type. The new part is teaching students how to use informational sources to...

3 December Writing Units to Keep Students Engaged

Phew! The December struggle is REAL! The students are antsy, the teachers are burned out, and even though we just had a few days off for Thanksgiving, we need another break already! So, to tackle this problem, I’ve developed three writing...

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Fitting in Quality Writing Conferences

If you’re like me, you find that it can be a struggle to fit in writing conferences. And then when you do get to them, you feel rushed and that they aren’t quite the quality that you were hoping for. I can completely relate. So, today...

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Teaching Authentic Revision and Editing

Getting students to work through the revision and editing process in writing can be a huge challenge as a teacher. It tends to go the same way for most teachers I know. You start off the year with a strong focus in the area but just seems there...

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Beginning and Ending Personal Narrative Pieces

Beginning and ending personal narrative pieces can be a challenge. These simple tips will help you create an easy, engaging lesson for your students! Planning Mini-Lesson Students can get stuck when it comes to beginning and ending their personal...