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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

Friday, July 14, 2017 | CG Seasonal Activities Summer, CG Writing Lessons 9-12, CG Writing Lessons 6-8

Free Summer Writing Prompts & Activites for Students

While summer is filled with outdoor activities that often keep young people active, it should also include summer writing prompts and activities that keep students busy thinking about the fun they are having. Below are activities parents and teachers can use engage their students in summer writing that pertains to all the great events they take part in during these active months.

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FREE WRITING PROMPTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR SUMMER BREAK

SUMMER WRITING PROMPT: POST CARDS

Summer vacations can be filled with new experiences and discoveries.. The following activity gives kids a chance to document the great places they visit, and people they meet, by writing and drawing. This writing activity is appropriate for kids at all grade levels!

Materials:  Post Card Template, markers, crayons, or colored pencils, and a pencil or pen.

Parents, wherever you visit, have your child draw their most memorable site on one side of the post card template. Have them experiment with a variety of colors, capturing the descriptive elements of the vacation. On the other side of the post card, have your child write about that part of the vacation.

Prompt your child to include key details, including the date, time, and place.

Additionally, have your child include descriptive details about the vacation including who they are with, where they are staying, what they are eating, the changing weather, the scents they smell, and special memories they are making.

The details should be specific enough so that in 10 years they can re-read the postcard and return to that specific moment. What a great way to capture special vacation memory!     

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SUMMER WRITING PROMPT: LETTER WRITING

With this download students or children will pick a prompt and then write a letter about that topic. Then instruct students to use the letter template in the Letter Writing Prompt Activity to write their final draft.

These final letters will be a great 'time capsule' of summer break that students can look back on when back in the classroom.

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SUMMER WRITING ACTIVITY: BOOK REVIEWS

Summertime provides ample time for young people to read books of interest, and to catch the “Reading Bug”. Whether you are a teacher or parent, a book review is a great way for students and children to share what they are reading.

This is a great summer writing activity for students in Grades 4–12 that encourages young people to read and to share their thoughts about the books they have read.

Students can provide you with a book review of a grade-appropriate book they read during the summer. A book review is a great way to combine opinion writing with practicing the conventions of standard English (grammar , usage, and mechanics). Teachers, you can look forward to sharing in your students’ book reviews when school begins in August. Teachers can use the writing to get to know their student and as a formative pre-assessment of their writing skills.

A general guideline follows:

  • Students write a 250-word (grades 6-12) book review on a book they read during the summer.

  • Want to add a challenge? Have them focus on commas in their writing. Three common comma rules follow: 1) use a comma to set off a dependent clause from an independent clause; 2) use a comma before a coordinating conjunction, joining two complete sentences; 3) use a comma, or commas, to set off interrupters. Students could be assessed on their use and application of these three rules.

  • Want a second challenge? Students could write a movie review only about a book they read that was made into a movie.

  • How about the Ultimate Rockstar Award? Students could compare and contrast the book with the movie.

 

SUMMER WRITING ACTIVITY:  A.. B.. C.. Drive!

Family vacations and car rides provide great opportunities for parents to provide summer writing prompts for their children. Make it a game!

While this activity is great for kids at all grade levels, the inclusion of the alphabet truly reinforces letter identification for primary-aged children. The competitive aspect makes it appropriate for older children, as well. 

Materials: Paper and pen or pencil

Parents, ask your child to list the alphabet down the left-hand margin of their paper. As you drive everyone playing is to look for each letter of the alphabet, in order, on signs, cars, advertising, or anything they can see out the car window. For example, everyone starts with the letter A. As you drive, the child might see a mile sign with a city name that starts with an A. Everyone writes their word on the paper next to the letter A. They would then look for the letter B. They might see a Buick next to them on the freeway. They would write the word down and move to letter C.

The challenge is to find words in order of the alphabet. No skipping letters! The first one done can have bragging rights (or a trip to the ice cream store!).

 

SUMMER WRITING ACTIVITY: COMBINING ADJECTIVES AND ACTION WORDS

Summertime can be filled with adventures. Capturing those adventures through descriptive writing is a great way to keep students writing and thinking about language this summer.

Download my free worksheet, and have students make different combinations of adjectives and actions words this summer.

If you want students to write their own stories about their summer adventures, you can use the lined paper template (included in the download) so they can write their own descriptive story combining adjectives and action words to tell their summer adventure!

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SUMMER WRITING ACTIVITY: THE FARM EDITING ERRORS

“The Farm” is a story that highlights a refreshing aspect of summer, and is a story you can provide to your students to help them avoid the summer slump – that time of year where writing and grammar skills might diminish due to lack of use and practice. Have students edit the sentences for spelling errors and to correct the use of nouns and verbs.

Commonly confused words, such as our and are and bye, by, and buy can be practiced with this lesson. This story includes chances for students to ensure they understand agreement between nouns and verbs. Also, commonly confused words, such as our and are and bye, by, and buy can be practiced with this lesson.

To help students stay sharp over the summer, download The Farm Editing Errors Activity to provide them an opportunity to practice editing a summer story. An answer key is also available.

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IN SUMMARY

Hopefully the activities above will help you integrate a bit more writing and grammar into the summer break. If you have summer writing activities or summer writing prompts that you like to use with students or children, leave a comment below!

Help kids avoid the summer slip by including summer writing prompts and summer writing activities into your vacation!

 

 

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