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January 2019

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 [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day FOUR- Introductions

Oh my gosh! I had a blast today, working in Mrs. Dixon's and Mrs. Reynolds's classrooms. As we began writing our introductions, the students' writing came to life! They are writing an expository [...]

Martin Luther King/Black History Month- Vocabulary Lesson

Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary…

As I look through scored state writing tests, students who had a variety of vocabulary and word choice scored at a much higher level than those students who [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day THREE- The Expository Pillar

Expository Research Essay Project - Day Three

As we begin writing the expository essay using the students’ research on an Arctic animal, we will be following the process piece timeline. These [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day TWO - Writing the Riddle

Now your students should be finished with their research and have an abundance of information gathered about their animal.  Not all of this information will be showcased in the riddle activity but [...]

Surviving the first week back!


What a wonderful week it has been!

Our first day back to school this January was met with smiling faces and excited kids, ready to see the friends they missed over the winter break!  It was a [...]

Expository Research Essay Project - Day ONE- Researching

Expository Research Essay Project - Arctic Animal

A great way to start back from a long break is by letting your students engage in a fun piece with research!  Students will choose an Arctic animal [...]

Expository Research Essay Project - Let's Get Started!

Expository Research Essay Project - Arctic Animal

To kick off the expository research process piece, I am going to begin with Writing a Suspenseful RiddleArctic Animal.  The riddle lessons are [...]