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    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.

    Blog Post

    How Reflective Writing Expands Thinking

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Writing
    Writing Project

    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

    Blog Post

    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

    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

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    Writing a Family Story and Historical Marker

    Inspire students to write family stories.

    Kascinski's World Famous Hot Dog Stand Plaque

    Blog Post

    How Photojournalism Connects Kids and Community

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

    Blog Post

    Subscriber Spotlight: Posters from Thailand!

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Communicating
    Design Project
    Writing Project
    Questioning
    Planning
    Researching
    Inquiry Process

    Minilesson

    Starting a Journal

    Help students begin journal writing.

    Journal Writing

    Blog Post

    3 Wise Ways to Teach Writing

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing Process
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Communicating

    Minilesson

    If I Were President

    Think about being president.

    If I Were President

    Minilesson

    If I Were a President's Pet

    Imagine being a president's pet.

    FDR quote

    Books

    Writers Express Teacher's Guide

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Page Count: 
    489
    Teacher's Guide to the Writer's Express Student Handbook.
    Price: $0.00

    Books

    Write Away

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Page Count: 
    352
    Student Writing Handbook
    Price: $19.95

    Blog Post

    Celebrating Presidents' Day in the Primary Grades

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Researching
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Empathy

    Books

    Write on Course 20-20

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

    Student Writing Model

    Jet Bikes

    Fifth-grader Ethan moves the reader smoothly through his personal narrative with transition words like first, then, also, so far, and when.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Goals
    Work
    Money
    Life
    Sports
    Exercise

    Student Writing Model

    My Dad

    Dylan, a second-grade writer, shares his very personal feelings in an honest, direct way. His first and last sentences tell the whole story; and the middle sentences give the reader important, heartfelt details about Dylan’s experience.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    My Trip to Mexico

    Many details are included in this writing, and a personal tone emerges. The piece has a clear beginning, middle, and ending.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Play
    Travel
    Geography

    Student Writing Model

    A Happy Day

    This writing shows the feelings of the writer and is well organized.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love

    Student Writing Model

    The Horrible Day

    This is a fun story with lots of details.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Life
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