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    Minilesson

    Performing "Systems Checks" of Your Writing

    Help students self-evaluate their writing. 

    Pilots interacting in a plane cockpit

    Blog Post

    10 Reasons Why We Write #WhyIWrite

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Writing Process

    Infographic

    Meet the 21st Century Writer

    Level: 
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Theme: 
    People
    Technology
    Communication
    Meet the 21st Century Writer

    Blog Post

    4 Writing Strategies for Creative Thinking

    English Language Arts: 
    Qualities of Writing
    Ideas
    Critical Thinking
    21st Century Skills: 
    Creative Thinking

    Blog Post

    Why Project-Based Learning Motivates Students

    21st Century Skills: 
    Project-Based Learning
    Collaborating
    Problem Solving
    Productivity

    Minilesson

    Writing a Family Story and Historical Marker

    Inspire students to write family stories.

    Kascinski's World Famous Hot Dog Stand Plaque

    Minilesson

    Writing Freely and Rapidly

    Teach student to freewrite for ideas.

    Illustration of a notebook and pencil

    Minilesson

    Elaborating in a Food Review

    Help students practice elaboration.

    Cheeseburger cooking on a flaming grill

    Minilesson

    Writing a 5 W’s Story

    Help students write realistic stories.

    Two ice skaters glide along a frozen river

    Minilesson

    Writing a Tumble-Down Poem

    Help students write a free-verse poem.

    Dalmatian dog lifts his head up and sniffs

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Line Diagram

    Analyze parts of a topic with a line diagram.

    US Gov Line Diagram

    Minilesson

    Comparing with a Venn Diagram

    Analyze similarities and differences.

    Presidents Venn Diagram

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Cause-Effect Chart

    Analyze causes and effects of any topic.

    Chemcial Cause Effect

    Minilesson

    Evaluating with a Pro-Con Chart

    Analyze good and bad with a pro-con chart.

    Westward Pro Con List

    Minilesson

    Sequencing with a Time Line

    Use time lines for critical thinking.

    Marie Curie Time Line

    Minilesson

    Creating a Rubric to Evaluate Projects

    Create a quick rubric for any project.

    Rubric Sheet

    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

    Creating a Plan

    Help students plan projects.

    an image of a planning sheet

    Minilesson

    Creating Pie Graphs

    Teach how to make a pie graph.
    Computer Lab Pie Graph

    Minilesson

    Expressing Emotions Through Movement

    Connect movement to emotion.

    girls dancing and jumping in mid-air

    Minilesson

    Learning to Say No

    Help students learn refusal skills.

    showing hand signaling to stop

    Minilesson

    Checking the Emotion Thermometer

    Help students express intensity of emotion.

    illustration of thermometers with different levels

    Minilesson

    Expressing Emotions Through Drawing

    Help students draw their feelings.

    child crayon drawing of beautiful day and princess girl

    Minilesson

    Calming Down with Deep Pressure

    Teach deep pressure to calm students.

    a woman's hand squeezing a stress ball

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