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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

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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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    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

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    Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History

    Help students gain a historical viewpoint.

    illustration of man and horse imagining history

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    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.

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    Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies

    Use this video to help students think critically.

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    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.

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    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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    Understanding a Message's Subject and Purpose

    Teach students how to analyze messages.

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    Forming a Focus

    Help students write strong focus statements.

    illustration of squirrel looking through a telescope

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    Analyzing the Receiver of a Message

    Teach students to think about audience.

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    Thinking About the Context of a Message

    Teach students to think about context.

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    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

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    Summarizing Ideas in a Nutshell

    Practice one-sentence summaries.

    Photo of an open walnut shell

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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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