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Artistic Elements: Exploring Art Through Descriptive Writing

Paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind with good descriptive writing! Artwork provides the perfect starting point for practicing descriptive writing that conveys color, shape, line, and mood.

 

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.

 

 

Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.

 

 

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.

 
 

 

What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks

Students read various poems and explore why lines are broken where they are and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance in poetry.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Students create poetry collections with the theme of "getting to know each other." They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

 

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

With the right texts and well-crafted lessons, you can help your students read with purpose. Here’s the recipe for putting it all together—and making your core reading program work for you.

 

Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions

Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions

Weaver examines the connection between a teacher's knowledge of grammar and students' growth in language skills as she provides specific examples of how teachers can put their knowledge of grammar to use without intimidating or overwhelming students.

 

 

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