A reader recently asked me which of my products I would recommend for teaching writing. Her question got me going through my store to decide which are my favourites.
After careful consideration, I chose these lessons and activities because they are the ones that not only teach important skills, but also get kids really engaged in the learning:
Each of these products will help you teach your students about effective word choice, sentence fluency and figurative language. Not only that, they target these skills in a fun and engaging way. My all-time favourite is the Word Choice Bundle, a print-and-go package of lessons and activities that help students choose the best words and strong verbs. Then the lessons illustrate how they can use imagery and figurative language to enhance their writing. After using the lessons in that pack, I’d introduce students to Writing Prompts with a Twist, short writing prompts (perfect for bell ringers) that have students reflect and revise as they write. Finally, there’s my Narrative Writing Task Cards, Figurative Language Challenges and Writing Activities Challenges, the perfect way to make playing with words tons of fun for your kids.
I chose the next group of products because they allow students to slow down and work on the all-important process while providing them with the opportunity to move. My all time fave, and most successful with my own students, is my Essay Revision Stations. You can use the stations any time kids are revising an essay. Precede it with my Essay Planning Stations, and you’ll be reading the best essays ever! I also love my narration or description stations, because they are fun way to zero in on the skills students need to write effectively in those forms of writing.
This next group or lessons don’t fit into a tidy category, but each one will help you teach your kids to be more effective writers. One of my favourite ways to teach writing is through the use of Mentor Texts, short passages that model various skills and techniques – you just need to print them off and you’re ready to go! These texts pair well with the Writer’s Notebook, which contains a huge pile of pages that focus on the elements of good writing – and it has a slide show to help you teach the lessons. Finally, there’s my Writing & Research Reminder Booklets. I created them when I was feeling frustrated about the number of times I had to answer the same questions from my students. They just pop these in their binder and the answers are there at their fingertips!