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How to Catch a Leprechaun

Day One:

After reading aloud How To Catch a Leprechaun, the class brainstormed types of traps that they could set to hopefully catch a leprechaun. Next, students wrote a beginning for their story. [...]

Test Prep - Word Choice

We have taught word referents and using powerful vocabulary in our pieces, but as we started looking at some of our 7th-grade benchmark essays we noticed that not always did the vocabulary or [...]

Word Referent Chart: Leprechaun

I'm sure most of you will be doing some type of writing this month using a similar topic or theme!  Be sure to stretch your students' vocabulary by creating a word-referent chart. This can be done [...]

Test Prep - Finding the Topic

Last week, our 4th-grade students took their first writing benchmark for the STAAR test.  After going through their pieces we decided that we needed to do a quick mini-lesson on prompts!  We've [...]

Connotation: How Words Feel

Our 5th Grade social studies class has been studying the Civil War, and will soon be writing an essay from the perspective of one side, either North or South.  As a precursor to the whole essay [...]

March Lessons of the Month

The March lessons are here! Are you wanting to teach EW skills with your favorite read-aloud books?  Be sure to download the lesson of the month to use with your students!  PS- Adapt them all to [...]

Spread the Love - Detail Generating Questions

Detail Generating Questions

I'm always looking for ways to teach my students to give. To be selfless and put others first.  To always look for the positive in someone.  Well, this book has touched [...]

Results! Expository Research Essay Final Writing Samples

Research Paper Results

WOW!  I cannot say enough about how proud I am of all of the writing samples I got to read today!  Here are some of the lessons that my teacher friends built after following [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day Seven- Conclusion

Conclusion Paragraphs

So as I wrap up this research process piece that I did with my 4th-grade teacher friends, I begin reflecting back a couple of years to when I was in their shoes, preparing [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day Five & Six - Main Idea and Detail Sentences

Offering students a variety of tools to use in their compositions will help keep them away from the same old same old, boring ideas being used over and over again.  Students began by writing their [...]