Include Idiom Costumes in Fall Party

Include Idiom Costumes in Fall Party

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Round Up Similar Ideas in Revision

Round Up Similar Ideas in Revision

As students write more sentences, elaborate on ideas, and develop their reasoning, their work with the trait of ideas tends to improve. However, the organization of the piece often runs awry. As each new detail, fact, idea, or example pops into their heads, they jot...
Encourage Spelling Risk-Takers with a Bulletin Board

Encourage Spelling Risk-Takers with a Bulletin Board

Students should be risk takers when it comes to word choice. But young writers often stop taking risks when they discover that there is only one right way to spell a word. This then leads them to settle for shorter, simpler words they know how to spell. They begin to...
Stretch Spelling Perfectionists

Stretch Spelling Perfectionists

Some writers are open to sound-stretching and writing out a word using their best spelling. But then there are your perfectionists–those who only want to write words correctly. This is an admirable quality, but it can also stifle a young writer. If they limit...