My Favorite Writing Lessons

I'm back in the saddle!  Sort of.  After taking most of last year off, I'm going back to the classroom part time.  I'll be working with reading and math small groups.  I filled in for this position for two months last year, and I'm very excited about it, but it got me thinking about how much I'll miss teaching writing.  I feel like writing was the last and hardest piece of my teaching pie.  It's just so darn hard.  I feel like I finally got a handle on it and actually started enjoying it, and now I'm not teaching it.

I also feel like it's time to get some content on this blog.  I looooove summertime and teaching blogs during the summer are full of fun ideas.  But it's time for me to get back to the business of a teaching blog-posts about teaching.

Show Don't Tell
This is one of my favorite favorite favorite lessons!  Wish it was my idea though.  I read about it on Miss Radka's Rhapsody's blog.  It was such a fun lesson, the kids loved it, and we referred back to it all year long.

Persuasive Writing
Then there was the time I used my dead dog to teach.  Um, yea.  I've always felt like kids get really into persuasive writing if they feel strongly about the topic.  When my husband's cranky old lady dog died, our other dog needed a buddy.  I did not do this until my husband was actually ready for another dog.  I'm not that bad of a wife.
Expository Writing
My students were a little overwhelmed by the idea of expository writing.  Even the name is a little scary.  So, they planned their first essay as groups of three, and then each wrote a piece.  It did not make for a pretty final product, but it helped them dip their toes in the water and get their first essay behind them.  Again, not my idea.  This one was stolen from my sister who teaches ninth grade English.  Some ideas are just good ideas not matter what the grade.
The Longest Writing Unit Ever
I'm pretty sure anyone who was reading my blog at the time was ready for this unit to be over, but I loved it!  You can read about it here, here, and here.  I would have written more, but I felt sorry for everybody.




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  2. Thank you for these great lessons! Persuasive writing is definitely my favorite. I agree that the kids get really into it. I am always amazed at their creative arguments. Thank you for the main character poster. I love this!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  3. Thanks for the writing ideas. And who says you need to give up writing with reading?! =) They are linked, so go for it!

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  4. How exciting to get back in the saddle! I understand what you're saying about missing teaching writing. I got to do a decent bit last year to help 5th grade prepare for their writing SOL, but I don't think I'll be able to this year. These are great ideas (and I LOVE Hooway for Wodney Wat)!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

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