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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, September 16, 2015 | CG Writing Lessons 9-12, CG Teaching Strategies Pro Dev Resources, CG Writing Lessons K-5, CG Writing Lessons 6-8

Ideas To Get Students Writing In The Classroom 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 quickwrite strategies and collaborative writing activities.

A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency and encourage students to reflect upon their learning or their lives. It takes 3–5 minutes and is often a response to an open-ended prompt. 

A quickwrite is also a great tool for assessing what a student knows or is able to do. What follows are some quickwrite writing exercises you can use to begin class or transition to another part of your day:

Quickwrite Writing Prompts

  • Beginning of Class: Construct a writing prompt that reviews concepts or big ideas in the lesson. Students can write individually first then share with partners or with the whole class.

  • Middle of Class: Stop, Drop and Write! Have students pause in their learning and write about it. This could be a visual of their learning or a summary or a question. This is a great way to collect formative feedback on student learning!

  • End of Class: Ask students to summarize the day's learning or highlight one or two concepts from class that are solidified in the student's thinking. Reflection is another great way to collect formative feedback!

Get started with quickwrite prompts in your classroom with my free printable worksheet, Social MediaQuickwrite. The Social MediaQuickwrite worksheet uses social media posts to make writing fun for students!

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In addition to the quickwrite writing exercises, I like to include collaborative writing in my lesson plans multiple times throughout the week. What follows are some collaborative writing ideas my students have enjoyed:

Collaborative Writing Activities

  • Anchor Chart: Students can record their ideas about a topic on an anchor chart that can be hung in the classroom. This honors student work and provides a resource for future reference.
  • Silent Dialogue: This quiet activity can used as a response to a text or a question from the reading. Teachers pose the question or open-ended statement and students respond in writing. The writing is passed to another student who reads it and responds. This writing activity can be adjusted for time and can be passed to several or all classmates.
  • Shared Stories: Each student writes a beginning sentence to a narrative. The sentences are passed around the room and students add sentences to the ones already provided, creating a shared classroom story. To add an online element, students could use Google docs or another online collaborative writing tool to compose and publish their work.

Regardless of which subject area you teach, writing should be an integral part of your classroom lesson plans. Giving students the opportunity to write daily will not only make your students better learners, it will reap huge academic rewards!

If you want more strategies that will get students writing in the classroom every day, download the printables below:

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