Spark Writers with Images

Spark Writers with Images

Inspired by John Stoffel’s Fall-Walk Sentence contest, fifth grade teacher Barb Mahnesmith, Prairie Trace Elementary (Carmel, IN), challenged her students to write descriptive paragraphs based on images of doors. Barb collected images of doors from around the...
Build Strong Writing Paragraph by Paragraph

Build Strong Writing Paragraph by Paragraph

Teaching students to write paragraphs requires us to reconsider what we learned as the hard and fast rules of writing. We cannot continue to tell students that paragraphs must include a specific number of sentences and also have a literal topic sentence. In fact,...
Brainstorm Research Topics with Desktop Graffiti

Brainstorm Research Topics with Desktop Graffiti

Ramp-up the fun factor when students are topic-brainstorming for their next research paper, persuasive writing, or argumentative piece. Students can compile possible topics using Desktop Graffiti. Make paper tablecloths by placing butcher-block/bulletin board paper...