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    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

    Choosing the Right Coordinating Conjunction

    Learn how to choose precise connecting words. 

    Traffic Light

    Minilesson

    Elaborating Ideas with Compound Sentences

    Learn how to add new details to sentences. 

    Street Art

    Minilesson

    Analyzing the Medium of a Message

    Improve students' media literacy.

    Minilesson

    Analyze the Communication Situation

    Think of the sender, message, medium, receiver, and context.

    Communication Situation

    Minilesson

    Make Abstract Ideas Concrete

    Make concrete representations of abstract ideas.

    Making the Abstract Concrete

    Minilesson

    Create a Memory Palace

    Use spatial awareness to improve memory.

    Buckingham Palace

    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

    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

    Minilesson

    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

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