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    7 Graphic Organizers for Critical Thinking

    English Language Arts: 
    Critical Thinking
    Writing Process
    Prewriting
    Qualities of Writing
    Ideas
    Structure
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Researching
    Creating
    Writing
    Writing to Learn
    Studying
    Visual Literacy

    Blog Post

    4 Writing Activities for Celebrating Black History

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Reading
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Researching

    Blog Post

    How to Engage Your Students with Shared Inquiry

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Writing Process
    Qualities of Writing
    Ideas
    Structure
    Conventions
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Reading
    Reading to Learn

    Minilesson

    Writing a "Showing" Paragraph

    Help students show instead of tell.

    A GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN, WITH A GUIDE, WHITEWATER RAFTING ON THE PATATE RIVER, ECUADOR

    Minilesson

    Starting Stories: 5 Great Beginning Strategies

    Practice five strategies for starting a story.

    Photo of a runner crouching at the starting line of a track

    Minilesson

    Sequencing with a Time Line

    Use time lines for critical thinking.

    Marie Curie Time Line

    Minilesson

    Writing a 5 W’s Story

    Help students write realistic stories.

    Two ice skaters glide along a frozen river

    Minilesson

    Writing a Family Story and Historical Marker

    Inspire students to write family stories.

    Kascinski's World Famous Hot Dog Stand Plaque

    Minilesson

    Discovering Narrative Strategies

    Use shared inquiry to develop personal narratives. 

    Illustration of boy writing his name in a frosty window

    Minilesson

    Writing a Historical Dialogue

    Create a dialogue with a historical figure.

    Books

    Inquire Middle School

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Page Count: 
    482
    Student Handbook
    Price: $19.95

    Books

    Inquire Middle School Teacher's Guide

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Page Count: 
    272
    Teacher's Guide
    Price: $24.95

    Books

    Write on Course 20-20

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Page Count: 
    608
    Student Handbook
    Price: $19.95

    Student Writing Model

    The Racist Warehouse

    This personal narrative by eighth-grader Alicia presents an engaging voice. Read the essay and notice how Alicia’s personality comes through; she obviously cares about her subject. Her use of details gives the reader a clear picture of the characters and environment in this account of Alicia’s first encounter with racism.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Community
    Freedom
    Rights
    People
    Personality

    Student Writing Model

    Giving Life

    This is a very moving narrative about a difficult experience. Sharing what she learned from this friendship makes an effective conclusion.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Friends
    Health
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    The Great Paw Paw

    Charlotte, the seventh-grade writer of this model, organizes her essay into paragraphs that describe different aspects of her subject. The closing leaves the reader with a clear idea of the important place her grandfather holds in her memory.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love
    Life
    Fun
    Home
    Play

    Student Writing Model

    A Cowboy's Journal

    Eighth grader Shelley imagines she is a cowboy in the old West as she writes this journal entry. She includes historical details that add a realistic touch to the writing.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Fictionalized Journal Entry
    Theme: 
    Work
    Occupation
    History

    Writing Topic

    What a family member taught me

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Personal Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Journal
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Family
    Education

    Writing Topic

    If I lived back in history

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Fictionalized Journal Entry
    Story
    Theme: 
    Work
    Occupation
    History

    Writing Topic

    A time that was just not fair

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Story
    Play
    Theme: 
    Community
    Freedom
    Rights

    Writing Topic

    A narrow escape from trouble

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Story
    Play
    Theme: 
    Life
    Rules
    Friends
    Family
    Health

    Writing Topic

    What I broke or lost that belongs to someone else

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Explanatory Essay
    Theme: 
    Rules
    Friends
    Family
    Life

    Writing Topic

    My first friend

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Friends
    Play
    Life

    Writing Topic

    A visit to a relative's house

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Travel
    Life
    People

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