Search ThoughtfulLearning.com for a wealth of resources for teaching English language arts, 21st century skills, and social-emotional learning. You’ll find books, online units, minilessons, student models, videos, and much more! Type your search below and add filters to refine the results.
What are the qualities of writing?
Show or Tell
Text Structures Revealed
7 C's for Building a Rock-Solid Argument
Tricks to Beat Writer's Block
Writing Descriptions That "Show" Instead of "Tell"
Teach students to use sensory details.
Writing a "Showing" Paragraph
Help students show instead of tell.
Writing an InstaMemory
Help students narrate and describe.
Writing a Four-Star Food Review
Use this prompt to spark students' creativity.
Writing: Now how do I get out of this one?
Assign this prompt to spark students' creativity.
Writing a Diary of a Famous Figure
Have students creatively narrate.
Writing Back-and-Forth Stories
Inspire students to collaborate in writing.
Using PAST to Understand Assignments
Teach students to analyze writing assignments.
Elaborating Ideas Using Different Levels of Details
Teach elaboration with levels of detail.
Asking Bigger and Better Questions
Teach students to form better questions.
Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies
Use this video to help students think critically.
Deciding When to Use Formal and Informal Language
Match language with purpose and audience.
Solving Problems Critically and Creatively
Help students improve problem solving.
Drawing a Life Map
Help students gather ideas for narratives.
Freewriting for Writing Topics
Have students freewrite for topic ideas.
Analyzing the Sender of a Message
Help students think about sources.
Understanding a Message's Subject and Purpose
Teach students how to analyze messages.
Forming a Focus
Help students write strong focus statements.
Analyzing the Receiver of a Message
Teach students to think about audience.