Category: Writing

Show, Don’t Tell

Said is Dead Poster

Show, Don’t Tell

The Show, Don’t Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader’s mind. 

Details

One key element of this method is the use of details.

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Narrative Writing ~ A Review – 10 Things to Remember When Writing a Narrative

Great blog post with printables to guide students through writing narratives.

Below I have included highlights from a PowerPoint Presentation on Narrative Writing, I presented to a group of 5th graders. The text reads as if giving instructions to students. Below the article are links to the PowerPoint and a printable handout for students to use in assessing their narrative writing.


Number 1 – Strong Beginning

Your story needs a strong beginning. You can achieve this using one of the following methods: Continue Reading

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Using Loaded Words in Persuasive Essays

Persuasive Essay Writing

Introducing the Lesson

Writing persuasive essays can be both fun and challenging for students. I usually begin my persuasive essay unit with brainstorming ways people are persuaded. This almost always leads to advertising. I usually select half a dozen or so current commercials to show in class. These encourage students to think creatively. Students especially enjoy Super Bowl commercials. 

 Additional Information

These links take you to a series of four blog posts going over different persuasive techniques. Each post provides a definition. Some contain a list of “Questions to Think About.” Embedded in each post, you will find a series of commercials that illustrate the device.  Continue Reading

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Writing a Short Research Essay ~ Note Taking Method

 Because research projects can become an overwelming task, many students become frustrated. Read about a note taking method that has successful results.

Writing a Research Essay

The Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards require students write short research projects. This can be an overwhelming and frustrating assignment for many students in the upper elementary grades. Due to this, all fourth through sixth graders at our school begin research projects in January using the same note taking method. While this is not the only method for note taking, it works beautifully with this age range. Once sixth graders have graduated from elementary school, they have created a minimum of three research projects using this method, most have created more, and are proficient in this method. Continue Reading

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RAFT Writing Strategy

RAFT Activity #1

RAFT Writing Strategy

RAFT is a writing strategy to help students focus on four areas of communication. RAFT is an acronym for the following:

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