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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   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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