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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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowflake Adjectives Activity, Grades 3–8

Winter is a special time to enjoy the outdoors. Children like to frolic in the snow, build snowmen, go sledding, and after getting rosy cheeks, come inside to sip hot chocolate. Inspired by wintery activities, I've created a simple grammar and writing activity for learning or reviewing adjectives.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Activities for Parallel Structure Practice, Grades 6–8

Poetry is one my favorite genres. Not only is the language beautiful and engaging, but also the rhythm and patterns create a melody that makes reading and listening magical. Writing follows certain patterns and when students write in parallel structure, they use the same pattern of words, phrases, or clauses to show that items are equally important.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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

Besides dedicated instructional time to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become effective writers, students need time to practice what they learn. Repetition and practice help students gain confidence in their writing abilities. Today I'm sharing an activity that will assist students grades 2–6 in essay writing practice.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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

With many holidays just around the corner, it seems like a good time to invite students to write some informative/explanatory texts.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Teaching Students The Many Purposes of Writing

I love sticky notes. If you were to look at my desk or at my planner or at my laptop lid, you would see sticky notes filled with information. A reminder to talk to a teacher. A list of three items to grab at the grocery store. A to-do list to accomplish during my planning period.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

My mom likes to tell a story about her high school English teacher, who carried a ruler and rapped students’ knuckles when they struggled with grammar exercises. Instruction has progressed by leaps and bounds since the 1960s, and students have access to more information than ever before. This access to a wide variety of texts must be streamlined by teachers in order to guide students toward choosing appropriate texts that will support their learning.

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