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    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

    Analyzing the Medium of a Message

    Improve students' media literacy.

    Minilesson

    Labeling Your Feelings

    Calm your body and mind by voicing your feelings.

    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

    Evaluating Sources of Information

    Evaluate sources with a checklist.
     

    Evaluating Sources of Information

    Minilesson

    Punctuating Dialogue

    Teach quotation marks with end punctuation.
     

    Blog Post

    Celebrating Presidents' Day in the Primary Grades

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Researching
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Empathy

    Blog Post

    Developing Fluent Readers

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading
    21st Century Skills: 
    Reading

    Blog Post

    Best Practices for Teaching Grammar

    English Language Arts: 
    Grammar
    Punctuation
    Mechanics
    Usage
    Writing
    Editing

    Blog Post

    Improve SEL Through Literature

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Emotion
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Make Way for Writers' Notebooks

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Writing to Learn
    Prewriting

    Blog Post

    How to Create Engaging Writing Prompts

    Blog Post

    Invigorate Reading Discussions

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading

    Student Writing Model

    My Trip to Mexico

    Many details are included in this writing, and a personal tone emerges. The piece has a clear beginning, middle, and ending.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Play
    Travel
    Geography

    Student Writing Model

    A Happy Day

    This writing shows the feelings of the writer and is well organized.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love

    Student Writing Model

    My Favorite Pet

    Adam, the first-grade writer of this model, uses his senses to describe his cat—fluffy, soft, fat. Readers can “see” and “feel” Buzz.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Family
    Home

    Student Writing Model

    How Much I Know About Space

    Ryan tells what he learned on a visit to a space center.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Science
    Education

    Student Writing Model

    Sweet Spring

    This writing has delightful details and a clear voice.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Seasons
    Environment
    Nature
    Plants

    Student Writing Model

    Parrots

    First-grader Traci begins and ends her report with a main idea about parrots: they are pretty, colorful birds.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Report
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science

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