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    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

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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

    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

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    Sharing Fiction with a Partner

    Use shared inquiry to read fiction.

    Illustration of boy reading giant book

    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

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    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

    Minilesson

    Writing Back-and-Forth Stories

    Inspire students to collaborate in writing.

    Creepy old house in the woods

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Understand Others

    Help students improve empathy.

    illustration of girl and boy working together

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    Using Perspective Shifting to Persuade Readers

    Help students see from readers' perspectives.

    illustration of girl writing and thinking

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History

    Help students gain a historical viewpoint.

    illustration of man and horse imagining history

    Minilesson

    Using PAST to Understand Assignments

    Teach students to analyze writing assignments.

    tennis racket, badminton racket, shuttlecock, tennis ball

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    Asking Bigger and Better Questions

    Teach students to form better questions.

    Minilesson

    Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies

    Use this video to help students think critically.

    Minilesson

    Deciding When to Use Formal and Informal Language

    Match language with purpose and audience.

    black and white bow tie tuxedo

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    Solving Problems Critically and Creatively

    Help students improve problem solving.

    Minilesson

    Drawing a Life Map

    Help students gather ideas for narratives.

    Life Map

    Minilesson

    Freewriting for Writing Topics

    Have students freewrite for topic ideas.

    girl freewriting

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    Asking and Answering the 5 W's and H Questions

    Teach students to collect key details.

    Question Mark

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    Analyzing the Sender of a Message

    Help students think about sources.

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