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    Minilesson

    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 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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    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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    Replacing General Nouns with Specific Nouns

    Identify and replace general nouns.

    Illustration of sleeping dog

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    Replacing Dull Verbs with Vivid Verbs

    Energize students' writing with vivid verbs.

    Photo of two young girls sledding

    Minilesson

    Summarizing Ideas in a Nutshell

    Practice one-sentence summaries.

    Photo of an open walnut shell

    Minilesson

    Using 5-5-5 Breathing to Calm Down

    Teach 5-5-5 breathing to calm students.

    clouds spelling, "just breathe"

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    Using Progressive Relaxation

    Use progressive relaxation to calm students.

    an image of a cat lying on its back

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    Analyzing Writing Prompts

    Practice studying the parts of a test prompt.

    Photo of a blue exam book

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    Sentence Modeling with the Masters

    Practice sentence modeling.

    Stamp of Mark Twain

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    Using Positive Self-Talk

    Replace negative with positive self-talk.

    Two teenage girls holding balloons with facial expressions outdoors

    Minilesson

    Using Anecdotes in Formal Writing

    Add a narrative touch to formal writing.

    Illustration of a flying fish jumping over a boy in a rowboat

    Minilesson

    Creating Pie Graphs

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

    Minilesson

    Creating a Plan

    Help students plan projects.

    an image of a planning sheet

    Minilesson

    Creating a Rubric to Evaluate Projects

    Create a quick rubric for any project.

    Rubric Sheet

    Minilesson

    Performing "Systems Checks" of Your Writing

    Help students self-evaluate their writing. 

    Pilots interacting in a plane cockpit

    Minilesson

    Discovering Word Origins (Etymology)

    Use shared inquiry to find word origins.

    Word cloud

    Minilesson

    Creating a Growth Mindset

    Develop a growth mindset.

    Minilesson

    Starting a Journal

    Help students begin journal writing.

    Journal Writing

    Minilesson

    Analyzing Point of View in Media

    Review media for point of view.
     

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