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    Minilesson

    Using Parallel Structure

    Teach students to write using parallel structure.

    parallel yellow stripes on road

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    Thinking About a Process

    Prepare students for how-to or process writing.

    Minilesson

    Seeing Emotion in Facial Expressions

    Create mindfulness of facial expressions.

    nine faces with expressing different feelings

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    Seeing Emotions in Body Language

    Create mindfulness of body language.

    six images showing different body language

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    Understanding the Parts of the Brain

    Teach brain parts and functions.

    image of the brain showing the brain stem, limbic system, and cortex

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    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

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    Setting and Reaching Goals

    Help students set and reach academic goals.

    Low angle view of a male athlete performing a pole vault against the sky

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    Calming Down with Deep Pressure

    Teach deep pressure to calm students.

    a woman's hand squeezing a stress ball

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    Sequencing with a Time Line

    Use time lines for critical thinking.

    Marie Curie Time Line

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    Evaluating with a Pro-Con Chart

    Analyze good and bad with a pro-con chart.

    Westward Pro Con List

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    Analyzing with a Cause-Effect Chart

    Analyze causes and effects of any topic.

    Chemcial Cause Effect

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    Comparing with a Venn Diagram

    Analyze similarities and differences.

    Presidents Venn Diagram

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    Analyzing with a Line Diagram

    Analyze parts of a topic with a line diagram.

    US Gov Line Diagram

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    Writing a Tumble-Down Poem

    Help students write a free-verse poem.

    Dalmatian dog lifts his head up and sniffs

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    Writing a 5 W’s Story

    Help students write realistic stories.

    Two ice skaters glide along a frozen river

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    Elaborating in a Food Review

    Help students practice elaboration.

    Cheeseburger cooking on a flaming grill

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    Writing Freely and Rapidly

    Teach student to freewrite for ideas.

    Illustration of a notebook and pencil

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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

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    Using a Peer Response Sheet

    Teach students to write peer responses.

    Response Sheet Example

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    Discovering Narrative Strategies

    Use shared inquiry to develop personal narratives. 

    Illustration of boy writing his name in a frosty window

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    Discovering Rules for Their, There, and They’re

    Use shared inquiry to learn their, there, and they're.

    American barber pole

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    Sharing Fiction with a Partner

    Use shared inquiry to read fiction.

    Illustration of boy reading giant book

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    Punctuating Dialogue

    Teach quotation marks with end punctuation.
     

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    Writing a Historical Dialogue

    Create a dialogue with a historical figure.

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