Tag Archive: Writing

Aug 20

Writing for an Audience

Teaching students to write for a specific audience is on the Common Core State Writing Standards beginning in third grade: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.5 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10 In studying the standards, I have found that as students become older, writing to the audience shows up even more frequently in the standards as you can …

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Aug 17

Author’s Purpose

Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is one of my favorite skills to teach. Students enjoy drawing sketches illustrating different writing purposes. (See Activity 1 below.) And who doesn’t love eating doughnuts? (See Activity 3.) Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is found in the Common Core State Writing Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1.a CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 …

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Aug 01

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.  One key element of the Show, Don’t Tell method is the use of details.                                 Example The girl went to the beach. Sally went to Ocean Isle Beach. Last summer, young Sally went to …

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