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Write Ahead Teacher's Guide
Show or Tell
Meet the 21st Century Writer
Text Structures Revealed
7 C's for Building a Rock-Solid Argument
Writing Descriptions That "Show" Instead of "Tell"
Teach students to use sensory details.
Writing a "Showing" Paragraph
Help students show instead of tell.
Writing an InstaMemory
Help students narrate and describe.
Writing a Four-Star Food Review
Use this prompt to spark students' creativity.
Writing: Now how do I get out of this one?
Assign this prompt to spark students' creativity.
Writing a Diary of a Famous Figure
Have students creatively narrate.
Writing Back-and-Forth Stories
Inspire students to collaborate in writing.
Using Perspective Shifting to Understand Others
Help students improve empathy.
Using Perspective Shifting to Persuade Readers
Help students see from readers' perspectives.
Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History
Help students gain a historical viewpoint.
Using PAST to Understand Assignments
Teach students to analyze writing assignments.
Elaborating Ideas Using Different Levels of Details
Teach elaboration with levels of detail.
Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies
Use this video to help students think critically.
Deciding When to Use Formal and Informal Language
Match language with purpose and audience.
Solving Problems Critically and Creatively
Help students improve problem solving.
Drawing a Life Map
Help students gather ideas for narratives.
Freewriting for Writing Topics
Have students freewrite for topic ideas.
Asking and Answering the 5 W's and H Questions
Teach students to collect key details.
Analyzing the Sender of a Message
Help students think about sources.