Kids love mysteries and this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink gives you the step by step on how to write a great mystery story. The plan includes several printouts that help students write their own mysteries with outline templates. One defines the elements of mystery, another is a graphic organizer, and a third is a story template that guides students through the writing. The peer editing sheet gives the specifics to look for in the partner’s mystery, and the mystery writing rubric helps both student and teacher assess the strength of the writing. You can catch the whole Mystery theme including story prompts on this website.
The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to aid in teaching writing. Here is a lesson on prefixes, suffixes, and roots using, among other resources, the lyrics of the song Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. This lesson plan includes a rap song about prefixes, suffixes, and roots, notes about root words, and add-ons, and a work sheet of commonly used prefixes to get any group of students in the groove. There is also a graphic organizer tied to the song Unwritten. Try this one out on your middle school students.
Having issues with writer's block? Here's a great site to get those mental gears moving again. Originally designed to help bloggers on mentally off days, it can be also utilized for journal style writing. No more days of staring at a blank screen. Just click on and let the Blog Post Ideas Generator go to work! If you don't like the topic given, just hit the generator again and again. This is a great tool if you are implementing web design and teaching students how to design their own blog.
What makes science fiction so exciting? I know there are many Giver fans out there already! What not get started on your own sci-fi fantasy that will entice your own audience? Click on this site and read some examples of this genre and then create your own science fiction story about space travel. Use the supplied "travel guide" to generate ideas and structure your plot.
Nothing is more invaluable than feed back from your peers. In fact, research states that students retain more information when peer tutoring is utilized in the classroom. The writing guide from Colorado State University highlights the important steps to conducting peer review. Find guidelines to for both the writer and the reader to use during the review. Included are suggestions of questions to ask about both the qualities of the essay and the structure of it. Take advantage of disinterested reviewers to help make your writing better.
Here's a fantastic site that has been getting quite a bit of press lately for digital storytelling. This one's made for elementary students looking to create a story, add their artwork, and even record their voices. Little Bird Tales was created to help nurture children's creativity and imagination while simultaneously creating one of-a-kind digital stories that can easily be shared.
If you have a little one who loves to tell stories, then why not make those tales accessible to others on this a safe web environment for children, free of advertising, merchandising and links to other sites
This unique site allows students to write collaboratively online in a safe environment. Do you have dreams of getting some of your work published? How about the chance to co-write a book with a celebrity? How about sharing your stories with other kids from all over the world? Are you ever bored and looking for something to do? Will improving your writing help you do even better in school? Do you want to write what you want to write? Best of all its FREE!
Here's a great site where students can learn Web 2.0 skills. By communicating with online penpals, students can just talk, or practice various language skills by becoming more fluent with other students around the world. PikiFriends offers a safe, filtered environment for junior high and high school students. Teachers are able to have control student conversations and individual accounts. There is an abundance of resources that show you how to implement PikiFriends into your curriculum.
Got a report and need to know what makes a good news reporter? What separates a good reporter from one that is well noted? This site divides news harvesting into three levels, and explains what you need to do to advance to the third level of gathering information. Basic reporting is based on just what you are told. Usually little research is added to these type of stories. But to be a great reporter you need to do your own research, check the facts, and add some background to what you are reporting. Find out how stepping up to level three can make a huge difference in the quality of your reporting. If you have a newspaper article that needs to be writte
I have to admit, one of my biggest concerns when my son was working online was developing his writing skills per grade level. Being a certified English teacher for grades 5- 12, I don't need to tell you the importance of ensuring your child has adequate writing skills. In class, I have numerous advantages through journaling, quick prompts, and short writing objectives to ensure my student's have ample writing practice. But, online, I found was a different story when I was accounting for my child's writing skills. After all, with 200+ students per teacher (depending on grade level), how could you possible grade it all?
I offer you a well known site to help you. Simply get your child a journal, a small copy book will do, and teach him writing skills by selecting topic a few times a week. Then ask him to hand these short pieces to you, and you can answer and ask him to expand his capabilities by jotting down a few short questions. This simple process makes super writers! Don't ask for semantics to be
I know your thinking writer’s block often gets in the way, so Write Source provides a list of writing topics and prompts for grades 1 through 12 that can get the imagination tuned for a new adventure. These prompts go far beyond the "what did you do last summer?" and encourage kids to mull over ideas for writing effective prose. So, set a new reward for great writing, and you'll benefit your student beyond words!