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    Blog Post

    Teaching the Whole Child (in a Fragmented World)

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    SEL
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Socialization
    Bullying
    Body Language
    Impulse Control
    Conflict Resolution
    Attention and Focus

    Blog Post

    Developing Social-Emotional Skills Through Literature

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Emotion
    Empathy
    Happiness
    Sadness
    Anger
    Fear
    Love
    Hurt
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Support Students Through Trying Times

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Limbic System
    Cortex
    SEL
    Stress
    Mindfulness
    Self-Care
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Dealing with Sadness in School

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Social-Emotional Learning
    SEL
    Emotion
    Sadness

    Blog Post

    Connect SEL to the Brain

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Brain Stem
    Cortex
    Limbic System
    Brain and Nervous System

    Blog Post

    Teach Revision with Writing Models

    English Language Arts: 
    Revising
    Reading
    Writing Process

    Blog Post

    Empower Students with Choice

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing to Learn
    21st Century Skills: 
    Writing

    Blog Post

    Thinking with Brain and Body

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Mindfulness
    SEL
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Teach “Out There” Thinking

    21st Century Skills: 
    Visual Literacy
    Audio-Visual Project
    Creative Thinking
    Creating

    Blog Post

    ELA and SEL: Partners in Learning

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    SEL
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Emotion

    Blog Post

    Youth in Crisis: Address Pervasive Sadness

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Sadness
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Emotion
    Anger
    Fear
    Brain and Nervous System

    Blog Post

    Listen with Empathy

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Empathy
    Conflict Resolution
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Socialization
    Team Building

    Blog Post

    Don’t Leave Grammar to AI

    English Language Arts: 
    Grammar
    Sentence
    Punctuation
    Capitalization
    Usage

    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

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