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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Build a School Writing Community Around Shared Values–A FREE Step-by-Step Guide

In my post "Writing Communities in Schools: School-wide Literacy Action Plans," I wrote that shared value systems must be one of the first elements in place when constructing a writing community.

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CG Teaching Strategies Pro Dev Resources

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Writing Communities in School; Creating a School-wide Literacy Action Plan

My summers are spent with a group of individuals who write.

All are educators.

Some even call themselves writers.

Around the beginning of the calendar year, I help to recruit for my school’s summer institute, and one of the most valuable tools I use is telling stories. Through the years, I have held on to the stories that people have shared with me. These stories were shared within a community of writers.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4 Tips to Begin a New Semester

Resolutions abound in the new year, and the beginning of a new semester can represent a clean slate, as well. A new year naturally lends itself to rearranging, replacing, and rejuvenating.

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CG Teaching Strategies Pro Dev Resources, CG Seasonal Activities Winter

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowflake Adjectives Activity, Grades 3–8

Winter is a special time to enjoy the outdoors. Children like to frolic in the snow, build snowmen, go sledding, and after getting rosy cheeks, come inside to sip hot chocolate. Inspired by wintery activities, I've created a simple grammar and writing activity for learning or reviewing adjectives.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nature-themed Homophone Activity, Grades 5–8

Emily Dickinson referred to nature as “the gentlest mother.” This image of ushering out one season and kindly welcoming in another, reminds me of the joys of living in an area with changing seasons. Nature’s “conversation” each season makes me think about ways teachers can tie the changing seasons to classroom instruction.

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CG Lessons 6-8, CG Lessons K-5

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The "Grammar Fir Tree" Holiday Writing Activity, Grades 3–8

The rich history and fun celebrations of holidays make students extra lively during the month of December. Although this extra energy can be hard to reign in at times, it can also make students excited to participate in holiday writing activities!

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CG Seasonal Activities Winter, CG Writing Lessons K-5, CG Writing Lessons 6-8

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