Category: Writing

Welcome to my blog index page featuring posts for upper elementary students who want to improve their writing skills. Teaching writing can be challenging, so I’ve compiled a range of posts to help you with your lessons.

My post categories include writing strategies, writing skills, capitalization and punctuation, narrative writing, teaching text structures with songs, teaching text structures, teaching persuasive techniques with commercials, and parts of speech. You’ll find ideas and free teaching materials to make your lessons more effective and engaging.

You can browse my posts by clicking on the images below or using the search bar on the right. You can also subscribe to my newsletter for updates on new posts and freebies. Whether you’re looking for tips on enhancing your students’ skills, making writing more fun and interactive, or integrating writing with other subjects, you’ll find something worthwhile on my blog.

I hope these posts will support your upper elementary students’ writing development and inspire them to become confident writers. Happy teaching!

Teaching Students about Double Negatives

Double Negatives

Are you looking for a fun way to teach grammar? Check out this idea that uses song lyrics. Double negatives, commonly found in song lyrics and informal speech, often lead to confusion and poor grammar. However, by incorporating students’ love for music into the learning process, you can effectively teach the rules surrounding double negatives. …

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Using Transition Words to Improve Writing

Using Transition Words to Improve Writing

As teachers, we want our students to communicate clearly and effectively. One way to help them achieve this goal is to teach them how to use transition words and phrases in their writing. Transition words and phrases are like bridges that connect ideas, sentences, and paragraphs. They help readers follow the logic and flow of …

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Writing for an Audience

Writing for a Specific Audience

With one mini-lesson, most students can grasp the concept of changing how they write or speak depending on whom they are addressing. This post offers free materials to teach the lesson on writing to an audience. Included are a PowerPoint, a card activity, and a Boom Learning Deck. You will also find a foldable organizer. …

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Teaching Hooks for Informative Writing

Writing Hooks for Informative Writing

Before students begin their informative essay writing journey, they must learn the necessary skills. One such skill is the art of writing hooks, which captivates readers and makes their writing stand out. This blog post will explore four  activities to help your upper elementary students master the art of writing hooks. With some practice, their …

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Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Understanding firsthand and secondhand accounts is an essential skill for upper elementary students. It enables them to evaluate credible and accurate information, understand the differences in information sources, assess reliability and biases, and aid reading comprehension. These skills lay the groundwork for students to be informed and responsible information consumers. With some practice and guidance, …

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Storytelling Techniques: Writing Engaging Stories

Storytelling Techniques

Storytelling techniques are essential tools that help bring narratives to life and captivate readers’ imaginations. By introducing students to these techniques, we can enhance their understanding and appreciation of storytelling.  This blog post will show various activities and resources for 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students to teach and reinforce storytelling techniques. From video lessons to …

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When to Capitalize Directions

Capitalizing Geographic Terms

Do your students know when to capitalize directions? Students learn to capitalize the names of cities, states, and countries at an early age. By second grade, most have mastered capitalizing many geographic terms, but do your students know the rules for capitalizing north, south, east, and west? Students often have difficulty determining when to capitalize …

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