Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Firsthand vs Secondhand

One important skill for fourth and fifth graders is to know the differences between firsthand and secondhand accounts. This skill is not difficult for students to understand with a little practice. Continue Reading

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5 Analogy Activities for Middle Schoolers

Five Analogy Activities

Teaching analogies is a great way to improve vocabulary skills beginning in the upper elementary grades. The Common Core State Standards include analogies beginning in seventh grade; however, teaching relationships between words begins with the younger grades.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5.c Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.

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Five Analogy Activities

Five Analogy Activities

Analogies are such an important skill for students to master. Many standardized tests use analogies to check for vocabulary mastery. Common Core states that 4th graders should “Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).” This makes 4th grade a great time for teachers to introduce analogies. Begin by practicing with just synonyms and antonyms.

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Roald Dahl Day

Ideas and Free Resources for Roald Dahl Day

Every year Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on September 13, Dahl’s birthday. Have an exceptional Roald Dahl Day with some of these resources!

So, who was Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl was a children’s author of many best-selling children’s books. In fact, he wrote 19 of them selling more than 250 million copies worldwide. Before Dahl started his writing career, he lived an interesting life. Continue Reading

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Teaching Writer’s Voice

Writer's Voice

A writer’s voice is the combination of sentence structure, punctuation, word choice, and personality a person uses when writing. It is the way a writer expresses himself. The voice can be formal or informal. A writer’s voice may contain long elegant prose or short choppy sentences.

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Writing Hooks for Informative Writing

Writing Hooks for Informative Writing

Before students begin writing informative essays, it is important to teach them the steps in the process. Writing hooks for informative writing is one of the skills that students must learn. Good luck! Students can write amazing hooks with just a little practice.

Writing Hooks for Informative Writing – Step #1

Begin by teaching students to look at some exemplary texts. Ask questions about how the essays begin. List different ways students find in the essays. Next provide students with a list they can use. Here are some ways they can hook a reader. The anchor chart is a great reference for students to refer to as they begin writing. Continue Reading

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Six Activities to Teach Formal vs Informal Language

Formal vs. Informal


For some students, knowing when to use formal or informal language comes naturally. For others, it is a skill that must be taught in steps. This post offers six teaching ideas from recognizing what is formal and informal to creating formal and informal texts. Start by getting the handout Formal vs Informal Language using the link below.

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