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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, 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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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

I love the idea of combining writing with speaking as much as possible. Speaking what you have written is a great revision strategy. In addition, hearing the words allows the listener to pick out what sounds correct. My Get Shakin' with Adverbs grammar exercise is a fun revision activity that encourages students to match appropriate adverbs to sentence stems!

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CG Lessons 9-12, CG Lessons 6-8

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Classroom Icebreakers to Kick Off the School Year

At the beginning of the school year, teachers have the responsibility to establish classroom routines, get to know students’ names, and immediately put in place the values and beliefs for the culture of the room. Classroom icebreakers provide the perfect opportunity to accomplish all of those tasks!

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CG Lessons 9-12, CG Lessons 6-8, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Diary of Anne Frank Activities That Will Strengthen Descriptive Writing

“When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!” Anne Frank wrote those words in her work: The Diary of a Young Girl. As a lover of words and writing, it makes sense to agree with Anne Frank. Today, I want to honor this remarkable historical figure by sharing a couple Anne Frank activites you can use in the classroom to strenghten writing.

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CG Lessons 6-8, CG Writing Lessons K-5

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

4 Interactive Writing Activities That Can Serve As Relief From Testing

High stakes assessments are coming to an end. This time period provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a few interactive writing activities in the classroom that can serve as relief from test preparation or testing season.

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CG Teaching Strategies Test-taking, CG Lessons 9-12, CG Lessons 6-8

Monday, March 14, 2016

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

As I am reading student essays and watching the snow come down, I find myself looking at the website of my favorite baseball team. Specifically, I am looking at their game schedule in Arizona – a warm state where pre-season games take place.

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CG Lessons 6-8, CG Lessons K-5

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