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    Minilesson

    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

    Minilesson

    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

    Minilesson

    Calming Down with Deep Pressure

    Teach deep pressure to calm students.

    a woman's hand squeezing a stress ball

    Minilesson

    Sequencing with a Time Line

    Use time lines for critical thinking.

    Marie Curie Time Line

    Minilesson

    Evaluating with a Pro-Con Chart

    Analyze good and bad with a pro-con chart.

    Westward Pro Con List

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Cause-Effect Chart

    Analyze causes and effects of any topic.

    Chemcial Cause Effect

    Minilesson

    Comparing with a Venn Diagram

    Analyze similarities and differences.

    Presidents Venn Diagram

    Minilesson

    Analyzing with a Line Diagram

    Analyze parts of a topic with a line diagram.

    US Gov Line Diagram

    Minilesson

    Writing a Tumble-Down Poem

    Help students write a free-verse poem.

    Dalmatian dog lifts his head up and sniffs

    Minilesson

    Writing a 5 W’s Story

    Help students write realistic stories.

    Two ice skaters glide along a frozen river

    Minilesson

    Elaborating in a Food Review

    Help students practice elaboration.

    Cheeseburger cooking on a flaming grill

    Minilesson

    Writing Freely and Rapidly

    Teach student to freewrite for ideas.

    Illustration of a notebook and pencil

    Minilesson

    Writing a Family Story and Historical Marker

    Inspire students to write family stories.

    Kascinski's World Famous Hot Dog Stand Plaque

    Minilesson

    Using a Peer Response Sheet

    Teach students to write peer responses.

    Response Sheet Example

    Minilesson

    Discovering Narrative Strategies

    Use shared inquiry to develop personal narratives. 

    Illustration of boy writing his name in a frosty window

    Minilesson

    Discovering Rules for Their, There, and They’re

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

    American barber pole

    Minilesson

    Sharing Fiction with a Partner

    Use shared inquiry to read fiction.

    Illustration of boy reading giant book

    Minilesson

    Punctuating Dialogue

    Teach quotation marks with end punctuation.
     

    Minilesson

    Writing a Historical Dialogue

    Create a dialogue with a historical figure.

    Minilesson

    Elaborating Sentences

    Add detail to sentences.

    Cheerleaders at a high school football game

    Minilesson

    Analyzing the Medium of a Message

    Improve students' media literacy.

    Minilesson

    Writing Descriptions That "Show" Instead of "Tell"

    Teach students to use sensory details.

    A GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN, WITH A GUIDE, WHITE WATER RAFTING ON THE PATATE RIVER, ECUADOR

    Minilesson

    Writing an InstaMemory

    Help students narrate and describe.

    smartphone in female hands taking photo

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    Writing Back-and-Forth Stories

    Inspire students to collaborate in writing.

    Creepy old house in the woods

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