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Creative Writing in the Natural World: A Framing

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Creative Writing in the Natural World: A Framing

Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

This lesson teaches intermediate students to “use the experts” to learn how to revise to create sharp, sensory-rich experiences for their readers.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Flip Book

The Flip Book app is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15

The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.


Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12

Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.

Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom

Katie Wood Ray explains in practical terms the theoretical underpinnings of how elementary and middle school students learn to write from their reading.


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