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Are you looking to provide specific feedback to your students in order to improve their writing? These samples are annotated for the specific skills students applied effectively in their writing …

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Are you looking to provide specific feedback to your students in order to improve their writing? These samples are annotated for the specific skills students applied effectively in their writing …

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Topics:Narrative WritingStudent Writing LessonsStudent Writing SamplesResource by Grade LevelGrades 2-5

Are you looking to provide specific feedback to your students in order to improve their writing? These samples are annotated for the specific skills students applied effectively in their writing …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsStudent Writing SamplesExpository WritingResource by Grade LevelGrades 2-5Response to TextExpository Student Writing Samples

These released item samples from the https://www.doe.mass.edu/ are analyzed for specific skills taught using the Empowering Writers approach. Each sample features the skills that the students successfully applied and suggestions …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsStudent Writing SamplesMCASResponse to Text

Given the demands of 21st century standards, teachers of writing will need to be much more skills-centered in their instruction. However, the word “skills”, when used in relation to writing, sometimes …

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“Why do we have to learn this?” What teacher hasn’t heard that dreaded question wailed at top volume by a bored student? While you have to admire their effort to find …

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What is your favorite season and why? Write a piece describing and explaining your favorite season. This was a prompt that until recently I would have used for my students …

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PROMPT: If you got to pick any pet in the pet store what would you pick and why. Explain your reasons. Use this student sample to discover how the lack …

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Narrative: The Giant Reading the book, The BFG by Roald Dahl, is one of my all – time favorite read alouds in class. The engaging story and sense of anticipation …

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Topics:Narrative WritingStudent Writing LessonsStudent Writing Samples

One Day at the Beach The prompt: “The waves crashed against the sand. I plopped my pack down and spread out my towel. It was going to be a wonderful …

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We’ve all had them. You know, the student that comes to you will a lot of writing talent? The author below is a prime example. But there is a misconception …

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Topics:Narrative WritingStudent Writing LessonsStudent Writing Samples

This child was taught the Empowering Writers skills but has not used them all. Is this normal? Absolutely! It is very possible that your students will forget to apply all …

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Halting the action is a great strategy to get kids to add elaborative detail to their writing. This activity highlights how to do so. Notice how this student answered the …

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What’s the best way to get students to not only identify parts of speech, but to have them recognize why it’s important? How vivid verbs can create action and a …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

Punctuation is a lot more than rules for writing. Punctuation and capitalization help the reader understand what the writer intended. Read the following unpunctuated sentence: katherine went to the beach …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

One lament we hear from teachers is this: how in the world do we teach sentence structure? Kids learn through modeling, of course, but often that’s not enough. They need …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

You’ve spent weeks and months teaching expository writing – so many key skills to remember and apply! And sometimes after just a long weekend students come back and seem to …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

My second grade class became obsessed with similes after reading Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”. He described one terrifying giant as having a nose “as sharp as a knife.” When my …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

Ask a group of fourth graders to “take notes” and you’re likely to get one of two responses – blank looks or anxious glances from kids trying to copy down …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

In this age of texts, tweets, and email, it might seem like letter writing is a dying art! However, there are times when Grandma deserves a thank you note, a …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsResource by Grade LevelQuick Writes

Have you ever had a student begin a story in third person point of view (about a character they name, let’s say Jenny) and several sentences in revert to first …

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It would be great if there was a sexier name for annotation and analysis. The term conjures up images of students slumped at their desks, the teacher pressing them to …

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Quick. What’s wrong with the paragraph below: It was nearly midnight. He was lying on his stomach in bed. The blankets were drawn right over his head like a tent. He …

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You would think that someone who struggled to learn how to read, would struggle even more to learn how to write, right? But, as a person with dyslexia, I have …

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One way that I found to ease the tremendous stress of a research project was to break it into manageable chunks for my students. Upon introducing the topic or subject of writing …

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Topics:Super Writing LessonsStudent Writing LessonsExpository Writing

The Value of Teaching the Organization of each Genre of Writing Whenever I’m presenting an EW workshop, I always sense that during the first hour participants are getting just a …

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Topics:Narrative WritingStudent Writing LessonsExpository WritingPowerful ModelsResources from Workshops

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 …

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WOOF! WOOF! Warren, a third grade student, loved to act like a dog. He’d get down on all fours and sniff around the room, bark on command, and even sit …

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PROMPT: If you got to pick any pet in the pet store what would you pick and why. Explain your reasons. Use this sample to identify the lack of broad …

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Topics:Student Writing LessonsStudent Writing SamplesOpinion Writing

We’ve all heard teachers talk about “voice” – how a piece of writing somehow has it or doesn’t. It is a frequently misunderstood concept, an illusive quality that often seems …

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