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    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.
     

    Minilesson

    Detecting Media Bias

    Practice detecting bias.
     

    Image of an unbalanced scale

    Minilesson

    Writing an Arts & Performance Review

    Review a song, dance, poem, or piece of artwork.

    Vintage symbols of various arts

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    Writing a List Poem

    Learn how to write a list poem.
     

    Quill and Ink

    Minilesson

    Creating a Dialogue Journal

    Engage in a written conversation.

    Minilesson

    Guarding Against Confirmation Bias

    Read news from an unbiased point of view.

    Minilesson

    Detecting Fake News

    Ask critical questions to detect fake news.

    Minilesson

    Starting Stories with Suspense

    Inspire storytelling with original story starters. 

    Starting Stories with Suspense

    Minilesson

    Writing a Fictionalized Diary

    Have students write a diary entry of an everyday object. 

    Writing a Fictionalized Diary

    Minilesson

    One-Month Miracles

    Devise creative solutions for impossible tasks.

    dolphins

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    Class Mascot

    Create a memorable class mascot.

    Mascot

    Minilesson

    Time Surgeons

    Change one small thing to change history.

    Clock

    Minilesson

    Writing a Creative Synopsis

    Create a synopsis of a book, TV show, or event.

    Television illustration

    Minilesson

    Selecting Topics with the Basics of Life

    Use broad subjects to find specific topics.

    Selecting Topics

    Minilesson

    Forming a Thesis Statement

    Focus on part of your topic.
     

    Forming a Thesis

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    Adjusting Your Writing Voice

    Adjust voice for audience and purpose.

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