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    Minilesson

    Understanding Context Clues

    Learn about context clues for vocabulary.
     

    Gathering Context Clues

    Minilesson

    Recognizing Logical Fallacies 2

    Learn to spot logical fallacies.

    What Did You Say?

    Minilesson

    Recognizing Logical Fallacies 1

    Learn to spot logical fallacies.

    Luring the Unsuspecting

    Minilesson

    Distinguishing Argumentation from Persuasion

    Study argumentation/persuasion.

    Stick figure contemplating apples vs oranges

    Minilesson

    Developing an Opinion Statement

    Develop a main claim.

    High school male cheering

    Minilesson

    Answering Objections in Arguments

    Answer key objections to an argument.

    Illustration of figure pulling rope

    Minilesson

    Keeping a Learning Log

    Tips for starting and maintaining a learning log.

    Young adult writing on a notepad

    Minilesson

    Performing a Stop 'n' Write

    Pause and reflect on your reading or learning.

    Stop Sign

    Minilesson

    Reading as a Writer

    Learn how to discover writing strategies from reading models. 

    Reading as a Writer

    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

    Making Rhetorical Appeals

    Appeal to ethos, logos, and pathos.
     

    Aristotle Statue

    Minilesson

    Evaluating Sources of Information

    Evaluate sources with a checklist.
     

    Evaluating Sources of Information

    Minilesson

    Analyzing the Medium of a Message

    Improve students' media literacy.

    Student Writing Model

    My Dad

    Dylan, a second-grade writer, shares his very personal feelings in an honest, direct way. His first and last sentences tell the whole story; and the middle sentences give the reader important, heartfelt details about Dylan’s experience.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    The Horrible Day

    This is a fun story with lots of details.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Life
    Home

    Student Writing Model

    Ladybugs

    This report was submitted by Brittany, a second grader. The ending of Brittany’s report shares exactly how she feels about her subject.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Report
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    Horses

    Second-grade writer Kirsten shares many interesting facts in her report. Notice how she ties everything together by mentioning the horse’s good eyesight in both the first and last paragraphs.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Report
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    Ant Poem

    Second-grader Pheba wrote a small poem that tells in just a few words what her subject does and how she feels about it.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    If I Were President

    Austin, the second-grade writer of this expository paragraph, introduces his subject—how to be a good president—in an interesting way.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Government
    Goals

    Student Writing Model

    One Great Book

    This book review is well organized and shares interesting details related to the book.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Response to Literature
    Form: 
    Book Review
    Theme: 
    Books
    Animals

    Student Writing Model

    A Fable

    This writing shows that the writer has a real grasp of the meaning of a fable. It has some delightful details.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    Winter Words

    Jess uses his senses to describe winter in this poem.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Seasons
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    The Missing Coin

    This story is well organized, and the sentences flow smoothly. There are lots of details and excellent word choices.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Imagination
    Money
    Holidays

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