Integrate Mentor Text within Writing Instruction

Posted on September 19, 2017

Share mentor text during a mini-lesson to allow students to read strong examples. Writers learn how to execute a writing skill by studying the skill in authentic text.

Introducing the 6 Traits

Posted on April 18, 2017

The six researched components of all good writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) need to be introduced to students in a kid-friendly way.

Clarify Developed Versus Details

Posted on April 18, 2017

"Developed" writing includes ideas that are elaborated and supported. Developed writing includes reasons or ideas backed up with specifics, proof, and evidence revealed in additional sentences.

Piece Together Informative Introductions

Posted on April 18, 2017

Rather than giving students a recipe for informative introductions, teach them optional ingredients to build into the first paragraph. Think of a puzzle rather than a recipe. The ingredients become pieces of the puzzle to be crafted into an introductio

Got Purple Words?

Posted on April 18, 2017

Providing students regular feedback on their word choice is necessary. If we don't communicate that we noticed their attempts at strong word choice, why would they continue to strive for it. But is there a timely method for this kind of feedback?

Incorporate Persuasive, Informative, & Narrative Writing in PK-1

Posted on April 18, 2017

The CCR standards expect the three modes of writing to be taught at every grade level.It's easy to see how these fit into the middle school or high school classroom or even in the intermediate grade levels. But how do you teach them to kindergartne

Argumentative v. Persuasive Writing

Posted on April 18, 2017

The adoption of college and career-ready standards has included an addition of argumentative writing at all grade levels. Interpreting expectations among the types of argument (e.g., opinion, persuasive, argument, etc.) can be difficult.

Seeing the 6 Traits Within the College and Career-Ready ELA Standards

Posted on April 18, 2017

How do the 6 Traits of writing fit into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the new Indiana Academic Standards? Download a breakdown of the K-12 writing standards, sorted by the Six Traits of Writing.

Start with 2-Word Sentences

Posted on April 18, 2017

†A sentence has a subject and a verb and is a complete thought. Teach students to strip any sentence down to its coreó the subject & verb. Then play Jeff Anderson's (Mechanically Inclined) Sentence Smackdow

Identify Synonyms for the Basic Color Words

Posted on April 17, 2017

Consider teaching students that strong word choice is like selecting just the right shade of a word. Compare general words to 8-box crayon words and more specific words to 24- or 64-box crayon words.