In this lesson planteacher Glori Chaika describes an activity in which students invented their own poetry form at the end of the year, and then had to describe how to write poems in their form to their classmates. Other Activities While form is important when writing poetry, there is much more to it.
Here are some creative strategies to try. Songwriting with Kids By: Listen in to science-themed songs written by first graders, and find out what parents can do at home to encourage songwriting and an ear for the elements of a song. How to Encourage Creative Writing By: Mary Amato Discover more than a dozen ideas for encouraging your child to write, including creative and simple ways to get the whole family involved.
Literacy Programs Evaluation Guide By: This article provides basic comparative information about a range of commercially available literacy programs. Assistive Technology for Writing By: Understood Assistive technology AT can help kids with different types of writing challenges.
AT tools can make the physical act of writing easier, as well as help kids who have trouble with spelling and grammar, and with organizing and expressing their thoughts.
This guide provides an introduction to AT writing tools and where to find them. Understood Dictation is an assistive technology AT tool that can help kids who struggle with writing.
Kids can use dictation to write with their voices, instead of writing by hand or with a keyboard — helpful for kids with dysgraphia, dyslexia and other learning and attention issues that impact writing.
Jenn Osen-Foss, Understood Discover five graphic organizers that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning issues, and other issues that can cause trouble with writing.
Amanda Morin, Understood Handwriting involves more than just making letters on a page — it requires strong fine motor and visual-motor skills. Here are some multisensory techniques to try if your child is struggling with writing.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of texts and lots of interactive content.
A Book for Your Mind By: Karin Keith, Celeste Pridemore This article explains how to create and use a daybook in the literacy classroom. Readers learn what a daybook is, how the daybook in one fourth and fifth grade classroom is structured, and how students in this classroom use that daybook during reading instruction to engage, record important information, and discuss a text.
Kristie Asaro-Saddler, Haley Muir Knox, Holly Meredith, Diana Akhmedjanova Find out the characteristics of students with autism spectrum disorder ASD that make writing difficult, and how use of technology can help support writing development.
Learn about technology-enhanced strategies to help students create a "road map" that can guide them through the writing process.
Show your students how to use technology tools to create, revise, and store their drafts in a digital writing portfolio. Kate Roth, Joan Dabrowski Interactive writing is a dynamic instructional method where teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text while discussing the details of the writing process.
The writing demands of the Common Core standards require explicit and efficient teaching guidance, which is at the heart of interactive writing. Learn four specific ways teachers can adapt this practice when working with children in grades who are more developed writers.Writing in journals can be a powerful strategy for students to respond to literature, gain writing fluency, dialogue in writing with another student or the teacher, or write in the content areas.
Writing poetry is a great exercise for English language learners. It gives them a chance to experiment with language and vocabulary, and to freely share their ideas without the confinement of perfect grammar or firm structures.
A story set up for some creative writing. A clever gladiator escapes to freedom - how was it reported next day in The Roman Times?
StudyGuide provides up-to-date resources for MLA format with examples, advice & tips for academic students. Learn about the process of writing songs, from brainstorming to writing to rehearsing from children's author and songwriting coach Mary Amato.
I have purchased numerous books about journalistic styles of writing, but this particular handbook really got me started. As a middle school teacher, I had difficulty in finding books with proper journalistic language and with sound newspaper advice.