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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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Power of Journal Writing in the Classroom

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back-To-School Writing Prompts [Includes Printable Worksheets]

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Summer Writing Prompts & Activites for Students

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Practice Combining Adjectives and Action Words This Summer, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Design Lessons for Teaching Story Structure with the CCSS

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How Professional Development Can Support Writing Communities in Schools

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Writing Thank You Messages to Teachers; A Teacher Appreciation Week Activity

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4 FREE Shakespeare Activities for High School Students

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 Fun Grammar Worksheets to Use This Spring!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Support Grammar Instruction School-wide

Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4 Tips to Begin a New Semester

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowflake Adjectives Activity, Grades 3–8

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nature-themed Homophone Activity, Grades 5–8

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Capitalizing Proper Nouns and Adjectives, Grades 3–5

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Awesome Anchor Chart to Teach Homophones, Grades 2–12

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Get Shakin' with Adverbs; A Fun Revision Activity for Students

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How to Teach Grammar Effectively; 8 "Do's" and "Don'ts" To Keep In Mind

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Tips That Will Get Students Revising Wordy Sentences

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Printable Halloween Writing Activity & Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Principal's Role in the Professional Development of Teachers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

11 Elementary Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Using Classroom Centers for Writing in the Middle- and Upper-Level Classroom

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How Sentence Stems Support Middle School Students in their Writing

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Revision Strategies for Students

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How Literacy Coaches Can Support Teachers in Teaching ACT Test Prep

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Teaching Students the Different Writing Formats; 8 Printables to Get You Started

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Student Volunteerism; A Writing Activity With Purpose, Grades 9–12

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Classroom Icebreakers to Kick Off the School Year

Friday, July 1, 2016

Recharge and Refresh: 5 Ways Teachers Can Stay Motivated

Monday, June 27, 2016

8 eBooks That Will Improve Your Writing & Grammar Instruction

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Recognize and Editing Errors in a Summer Story, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Crafting Clever Sentences; Organizers for Phrases and Clauses Practice

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Diary of Anne Frank Activities That Will Strengthen Descriptive Writing

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Setting Up Classroom Writing Centers in the Upper Grade Levels

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

4 Interactive Writing Activities That Can Serve As Relief From Testing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Activities for Parallel Structure Practice, Grades 6–8

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Revision Lesson to Celebrate Moms Around the World

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Strategies for Engaging Middle School Students in Writing and Grammar Instruction

Thursday, March 31, 2016

4 Poetry Month Activities for the Classroom

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

3 Printable Earth Day Writing Activities

Monday, March 14, 2016

Run-on Sentence Practice Activity for Students, Grades 3–8

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ACT Test-Taking Strategies: Tips for Taking the ACT Writing Test

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Shamrock Parts of Speech Review Game, Grades 3–6

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Preparing Students for the 2016 SAT Changes

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Teaching Grammar Creatively; Six Worksheets To Get You Started

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Teaching Students the Elements of Writing to Entertain

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teaching Argumentative Writing in the Classroom, Grades 9–12

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Presentations: Tips for Improving Speaking and Listening Skills

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teaching Narrative Writing in the Classroom [Printable Poster Included]

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

How To Motivate Students To Write (And Love It!)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"The Perfect Meal" Short Essay Writing Activity, Grades 2–6

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Advocacy, Leadership, and Mentoring in English Language Arts

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teaching Persuasive Writing in the Classroom, Grades 2–12

Thursday, November 19, 2015

25 Printable Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Informative/Explanatory Writing in the Classroom, Grades 3–12

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Proofreading Activity to Help Elementary Students Hone Their Editing Skills

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Grammar Parts of Speech Worksheets for Grades 3–5

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Teaching Students The Many Purposes of Writing

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ideas To Get Students Writing In The Classroom Every Day

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Grammar Instruction

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Literary Devices in Poetry Activity, Grades 3–5

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back-To-School Writing Assessment Ideas

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tips to Make Classroom Setup Fun and Easy for Teachers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Comma Practice Worksheets and Anchor Chart for the Classroom

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Reinforce the Importance of Grammar & Writing with a Superstar Certificate

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Subject and Object Pronouns Worksheets for Students

Friday, July 10, 2015

Printable Verb Tenses Worksheets for Students

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Successful Strategies for Teaching Writing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Printable Adverb Activities and Anchor Chart for the Classroom

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Prepare for the SAT®* with Sentence Completion Worksheets

Monday, June 1, 2015

Revising and Editing Worksheets: Ingalls Homestead, Grades 3–5

Monday, May 18, 2015

Use Celebrity Tweets for Editing Practice, Grades 7–12

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Prepare for the ACT®* with Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Worksheets

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Revising and Editing Worksheets: Remembering V-E Day, Grades 9–12

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SAT®* Grammar Practice Worksheet: Precise Words

Monday, April 27, 2015

4 Spring Worksheets To Keep Students Engaged in Grammar and Writing

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1 Foot... 2 Feet... Use Hopscotch to Identify Parts of Speech!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Six Spring Writing Prompts for Students, Grades 6–12

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Choosing Correct Words

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Presenting at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Verb Tenses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Earth Day Writing Activity, Grades 2–5

Friday, March 27, 2015

Celebrate Baseball's Opening Day with a Baseball Grammar Game

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SAT®* Test Grammar Practice: Punctuation, Part 1

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Connections Between Writing Assessment and Writing Instruction

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's In Your Test-Taking Strategies Toolkit? 5 Printables to Help Students Ace Assessments!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Grammar Test Prep Strategies for the English Section of the ACT® Test

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Help Students Master the Parts of Speech with a Shamrock Memory Grammar Game, Grades 3–6

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Quick Tips for Answering Questions on the SAT®* Test

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle Game, Grades 6–12

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Developing and Improving Students’ Written Language Proficiency

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Treat Your Students with the Grammar Land Game Board, Grades 3–12

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pin the Part of Speech on the Pig Grammar Game (K–5)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rethinking Grammar: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Instruction Book, Grades 6–12

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Perfect Meal Grammar & Writing Activity, Grades 2–6

Monday, December 22, 2014

Teacher Tip: Test-Taking Strategies for Students

Friday, December 12, 2014

Grammar Fir Tree Activity, Grades 3–8

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Complex Sentences Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Movie Review Grammar & Writing Activity (6–12)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Adverbs Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Awesome Anchor Chart for Indentifying Adverbs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Sticky Sentences Grammar & Writing Activity (K–12)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pin the Part of Speech on the Pumpkin Grammar Game (K–5)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween-Themed Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle (6–12)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween-Themed Grammar & Writing Activity (K–5)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

4 Tips for Making Grammar Instruction Meaningful and Enjoyable

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Commas in a Series Worksheet, Grades 6–8

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Common Core Grammar Activity: More Commas, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Common Uses for Commas Anchor Chart

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Common Core Grammar Activity: Perfect Verb Tenses, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Simple Subjects and Predicates Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Parallel Structure Grammar Practice, Grades 6–12

Friday, September 5, 2014

Subject-Verb Agreement Grammar Activity (3–5)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Standardly Yours Grammar Activity: Pronouns (3–5)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Who Are You?" Writing Prompt, Grades 6–12

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Words Often Misspelled (3–5)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Standardly Yours Grammar Activity: Pronouns (6–12)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Subject Pronouns Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Fragments and Run-on Sentences (3–5)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Common Core Grammar & Writing Exercises, Grades 3–12

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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