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Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms

Students thoroughly explore identifying synonyms and adjectives before using them to add variety and interest to their own writing.

 

Student Interactives

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 

 

A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco

Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing

Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

This unit introduces students to a variety of poetic forms and elements, as they compile their own collections of poetry.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Poets in Practice

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.

 

NCTE Virtual Conference: Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards

NCTE Virtual Conference: Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards

NCTE Virtual Conference recordings will help school and district-based teaching teams think through their plans for providing every student with the best possible support in reaching goals identified in their state standards for English language arts.

 

 

Community Stories  

Tiffany Clark

ReadWriteThink: A Framework for Success

Tiffany Clark | 3rd/4th Grade Teacher | Urbana, IL

Many teachers feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to craft profound lessons, answer all the questions, squeeze in all the state standards, and differentiate the curriculum for every student’s needs