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    Minilesson

    Using Parallel Structure

    Teach students to write using parallel structure.

    parallel yellow stripes on road

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    Using Time-Order Transitions

    Teach about chronological transitions.

    illustration of a clock character holding a pencil

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    Creating Command Sentences

    Help students build command sentences.

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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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    Forming Pronouns: Possessives and Contractions

    Teach possessives and contractions.

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    Thinking About a Process

    Prepare students for how-to or process writing.

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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

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    Summarizing Ideas in a Nutshell

    Practice one-sentence summaries.

    Photo of an open walnut shell

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    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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    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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    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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    Recognizing Bullying

    Help students recognize bullying.

    image of a boy being bullied at school

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    Taking Action Against Bullying

    Teach students strategies for staying safe.

    group of diverse young students standing together in classroom

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    Doing Random Acts of Kindness

    Help students be kind to each other.

    Practice kindness - inspirational advice on a vintage slate blackboard

    Minilesson

    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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    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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    Using Positive Self-Talk

    Replace negative with positive self-talk.

    Two teenage girls holding balloons with facial expressions outdoors

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    Using Anecdotes in Formal Writing

    Add a narrative touch to formal writing.
    Illustration of a flying fish jumping over a boy in a rowboat

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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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