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All About the Informative Essay
All About the Informative Essay
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All About the Informative Essay
Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing: Show, Don’t Tell
Writing: Show, Don’t Tell
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Writing: Show, Don’t Tell
Help students learn about descriptive writing with this engaging lesson. Your class will learn to show character emotions though the “show, don’t tell” writing technique with videos, practice writing, and class participation.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Story Hooks
Story Hooks
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Story Hooks
Give your students an introduction to types of story hooks as they compose original story beginnings the help of a word bank. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Capture That Reader! lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Plan Your Story: Sequence of Events
Plan Your Story: Sequence of Events
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Plan Your Story: Sequence of Events
Strong narratives have clear sequences of events. Through this lesson, students plan out what will happen in their story before they start writing their own engaging narratives.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Friendly Letters Put Together
Friendly Letters Put Together
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Friendly Letters Put Together
Friendly letters are under construction! In this lesson, students will learn the unique parts of a friendly letter as they practice the art of writing their own friendly letters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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A Day in the Life of the Easter Bunny
A Day in the Life of the Easter Bunny
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A Day in the Life of the Easter Bunny
In this fun lesson, students will get to imagine what a day in the life of the Easter Bunny might look like! All the while practicing their narrative writing skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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So You Want to Be the Easter Bunny?
So You Want to Be the Easter Bunny?
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So You Want to Be the Easter Bunny?
Have you ever wanted to be that magical rabbit who delivers chocolate eggs to children all over the world? In this fun Easter lesson plan, students will get to do just that, all while practicing their persuasive writing skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
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Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Knowing how to write an effective persuasive letter is a powerful tool. Students will learn how to advocate for their ideas by planning and drafting a well-supported persuasive letter on an issue of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
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Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, metaphors, and idioms are some of the most widely used literary devices in both speaking and writing. Students will review each of these and practice creating some of their own.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Write Me a Story
Write Me a Story
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Write Me a Story
We all love to tell stories, but a good story is clearly organized. In this lesson students will learn how to use transition words and strong endings when writing narratives.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Animal Research
Animal Research
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Animal Research
Who doesn’t love learning about animals? Engage students in research as they write informational books about animals.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading Through Word Choice
Close Reading Through Word Choice
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Close Reading Through Word Choice
Every great reader and writer knows that syntax matters. During this lesson, students will use the close reading strategy to focus on word choice, and use their understanding of syntax to develop theories about patterns in the text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Everybunny’s Easter Puns
Everybunny’s Easter Puns
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Everybunny’s Easter Puns
The energizer bunny went to jail. He was charged with battery. Get it? Your students will understand after this lesson! Use this lesson to give your students tools to understand and create Easter puns.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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There and They're and Their, Oh My!
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
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There and They're and Their, Oh My!
Mix-ups of "there," "they're," and "their" happen way too often. There is no better time than now to help your students get their homophones down. They're sure to have fun with this interactive English lesson!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Your Day: Story Sequencing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Get your preschoolers ready for reading by practicing story sequencing. Testing their knowledge of how things are ordered will help them improve their reading comprehension skills.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Paragraphs That POP!
Paragraphs That POP!
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Paragraphs That POP!
If young writers can learn how to write a solid paragraph, then they have the building blocks of an essay. In this lesson, students will study paragraph structure and practice organizing ideas into paragraphs.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Here’s What I Think!
Here’s What I Think!
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Here’s What I Think!
Second graders love field trips and sharing their opinions! This fun lesson combines both, as students must convince their teacher to take them on a field trip by practicing their opinion writing and using paragraph structure.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
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Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Dissecting Stories: Analyzing Story Elements
Dissecting Stories: Analyzing Story Elements
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Dissecting Stories: Analyzing Story Elements
What makes a story, a story? In this lesson, students examine the elements of stories. They learn to use pre-planning strategies to set their own stories up for success... before they even start writing!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly
Yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly
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Yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly
Who doesn't love peanut butter and jelly? This lesson has the potential to get a little messy as you reinforce the letter S!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
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Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
The hardest part of writing an essay can be the first few steps. This lesson and accompanying graphic organizers will help students map out their ideas and practice crafting paragraphs. With this support, your writers will be off and running!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Onomatopoeia Practice
Onomatopoeia Practice
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Onomatopoeia Practice
Does onomatopoeia BANG your students up or cause them to want to BARF? Help them out with this comical lesson on the well-known figurative device. Students will have a fun time completing worksheets and using onomatopoeias themselves.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Christmas Adventure Writing
Christmas Adventure Writing
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Christmas Adventure Writing
What adventures can a reindeer, candy cane, and a snowman embark on? Let’s find out! In this writing lesson, students will write a Christmas-themed narrative incorporating characters, setting, problem, and solution.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
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Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph
Great introductory paragraphs pull the reader in. Students will review the different types of hooks and practice writing effective hooks. Then students will study the structure of of the introductory paragraph and begin to craft their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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