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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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | CG Writing Lessons 9-12, CG Writing Lessons K-5, CG Writing Lessons 6-8

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

With today’s technology, there are many ways to get information about your students. There are also many events going on in a young person’s life that can’t be told through the demographics page of gradebook.

Use simple back-to-school writing prompts to assess writing skills and learn important information about each student in your room!

INDIVIDUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL WRITING PROMPTS

Writing assessment comes in many forms, and here are 10 prompts to get your students writing.

  • Write about going back to school after summer vacation.

  • Five years from now I will be …

  • Write a list of 10 things that make you feel good.

  • Describe your favorite day.

  • Tell about your favorite weather.

  • Describe an outdoor game you like to play.

  • Imagine that you are an animal in the zoo.  What type of animal are you?  How do you feel about your home in the zoo?  How do you feel about people that visit and watch you?

  • If you could visit any place, where would it be and why?

  • Draw yourself as a superhero. Write about the personality traits you would have.

  • As I approached the school on the first day, I saw …

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If you would like to extend these writing prompts, download my Letter Writing Prompt Activity. With this activity students will pick a prompt and then write a letter about that topic. Have students practice writing a draft and revising, for a nice, clean final copy. Then instruct students to use the letter template in the Letter Writing Prompt Activity to write their final draft. These final letters can be posted in the classroom or hallway to celebrate your student's writing.

COLLABORATIVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL WRITING PROMPTS

Using small groups or the whole class, here’s a fun way to write collaboratively!

  • Each student needs a pencil and a piece of paper that is out of their notebook

  • Post As I approached the school on the first day, I saw … on the overhead projector or white board

  • Have each student write the opener and add to it. You can put a time limit on the writing or a quantitative number (e.g., write 3-5 sentences)

  • After they have written, have the students pass their paper to the person in front of them

  • Students will read the new paper and add to it (again with a time or sentence limit)

  • Repeat steps 4 and 5 based on your time frame

  • Write a conclusion! At this point, you will have an introduction and some body paragraphs. To reinforce writing conclusions, verbally tell the students to write a solid conclusion, wrapping up the story.

  • Have one student read the story to the entire class to share the creative event!

These back-to-school writing prompts build classroom community, gives students an opportunity to write in an engaging, collaborative manner, and gives you valuable feedback to you about each student’s writing.

Finally, don't forget to check out my Who Are You? Writing Prompt. This is a great worksheet to use occasionally  throughout the year to show your students you are always interested in their interests... not just during the first few weeks of class.

 

 

 

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