6 Best Writing Lessons Ever
Hub Free Trial
teacher helping student
Administrators Welcome

Set your teachers and students up for writing success all year long.

Ready for all scenarios!

See what Empowering Writers can offer to have your teachers ready to go at the start of the school year.  

two boys working at their desks in elementary school

What We Do

Find out how we deliver best writing practices to help your educators become confident writing teachers.

Learn More


teacher praising elementary student

Research & Case Studies

Read our case studies to see how we’ve helped school districts across the country grow and succeed in writing for over a decade.

Learn More

portrait of school children with teacher
Teachers Welcome

Learn how to teach writing so you can develop successful authors.

Teachers Start Here
discussing online data


Explore our workshops to see how we can make a difference in your school.

Virtual Workshops 

Upcoming Workshops

About Our Workshops

product computer screen on an office desk

The Hub

Get an all-in-one interactive 360-degree online resource that brings you professional development, digital teaching tools, how-to demonstration videos and digital resources for students.

Visit The Hub

teacher working on laptop

The Toolbox

Check out our toolbox of resources for teachers. Get access to our student writing samples and lessons, and find scope and sequence guides to help you easily plan your writing lessons.

Toolbox Resources

6 Best Writing Lessons Ever

“Extremely Weird Adventure” – Narrative Annotated Sample

Here is a student sample that shows evidence of the ways students benefit from the use of graphic organizers (Narrative Writing Diamond), teacher modeling, guided practice, and the use of sentence starters to build vocabulary and fluency.

Teachers often ask, “When do students stop relying on modeling and sentence starters?” I’d like to have a perfect answer to that question but here’s the reality – the modeling component of the methodology allows students to peek inside the mind of the author in order to broaden their experience, enhance their vocabulary, and have a strong model to emulate. Sentence starters add a bit of variety and powerful word choice for students who may not have those tools themselves. I use modeling and sentence starters year round for all grade levels, K-12.

What I’ve seen is that some students rely on the modeling and sentence starters longer than others. They simply need more reinforcement in order to internalize the process and apply it independently. Others, however, begin to compose their own sentence starters and use elements of the model in very creative ways. These students are learning to play with words and syntax and are ready to flex their creative writing bones because they’ve been given the tools they need. Those that still need the scaffolding are reassured by this support, gaining confidence and skill with each subsequent rehearsal.

In the sample below, you’ll see evidence of all parts of the writing diamond. The student sample reflects the learning that has taken place in the classroom. This student is reliant on the diamond structure and is using sentence starters effectively. As this student matures the writing will also mature to the point where the diamond structure melts away, and sentence variety and powerful word choice is evident naturally.

Here’s what worked in the piece:

  • Beginning-sound effect and put the main character in the setting
  • Great use of suspense-Magic of three technique
  • Good use of “Red Flag Phrases”
  • Included reactions
  • The author included a great description of the giant
  • The reader was able to have a picture of the giant in his/her own mind
  • The author also included wondering/thinking throughout the main event-this makes the reader wonder as well.
  • The author did a wonderful job using “Red Flag Phrases” throughout the main event-this helps transition the reader through the different events happening and gives the story fluency.
  • The main event has a mix or action, dialogue, sound effects and wondering.
  • Extended ending included a feeling, memory and decision


Download Extremely Weird Adventure” – Narrative Annotated Sample

Topics:Narrative WritingStudent Writing LessonsStudent Writing Samples