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    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Persuade Readers

    Help students see from readers' perspectives.

    illustration of girl writing and thinking

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History

    Help students gain a historical viewpoint.

    illustration of man and horse imagining history

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    Using PAST to Understand Assignments

    Teach students to analyze writing assignments.

    tennis racket, badminton racket, shuttlecock, tennis ball

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    Elaborating Ideas Using Different Levels of Details

    Teach elaboration with levels of detail.

    hieroglyphics

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    Asking Bigger and Better Questions

    Teach students to form better questions.

    Minilesson

    Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies

    Use this video to help students think critically.

    Minilesson

    Deciding When to Use Formal and Informal Language

    Match language with purpose and audience.

    black and white bow tie tuxedo

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    Solving Problems Critically and Creatively

    Help students improve problem solving.

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    Drawing a Life Map

    Help students gather ideas for narratives.

    Life Map

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    Freewriting for Writing Topics

    Have students freewrite for topic ideas.

    girl freewriting

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    Asking and Answering the 5 W's and H Questions

    Teach students to collect key details.

    Question Mark

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    Analyzing the Sender of a Message

    Help students think about sources.

    Minilesson

    Understanding a Message's Subject and Purpose

    Teach students how to analyze messages.

    Minilesson

    Forming a Focus

    Help students write strong focus statements.

    illustration of squirrel looking through a telescope

    Minilesson

    Analyzing the Medium of a Message

    Improve students' media literacy.

    Minilesson

    Analyzing the Receiver of a Message

    Teach students to think about audience.

    Minilesson

    Thinking About the Context of a Message

    Teach students to think about context.

    Minilesson

    Confusing “Its” and “It’s”

    Help students sort out its and it's.

    a tree blown over by strong wind

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    Avoiding Double Subjects

    Help students avoid double subjects.

    twin sheep in a field

    Minilesson

    Using Parallel Structure

    Teach students to write using parallel structure.

    parallel yellow stripes on road

    Minilesson

    Using Time-Order Transitions

    Teach about chronological transitions.

    illustration of a clock character holding a pencil

    Minilesson

    Creating Command Sentences

    Help students build command sentences.

    Minilesson

    Using Transitions to Add Information and Emphasis

    Help students add information and emphasis.

    a line of apples transition from unfocused to focused

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    Forming Pronouns: Possessives and Contractions

    Teach possessives and contractions.

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