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The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

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The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Gould

Ames, Iowa

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Strategy Guides

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Once They’re Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings

It’s important to “hook” readers at a story’s beginning, but it’s equally important to keep them interested. In this lesson, students learn to write effective conclusions to their own stories.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Peer Edit With Perfection: Effective Strategies

Students take a fresh look at the revision process and help one another polish their written work through a peer-editing strategy that is simple, systematic, and constructive.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Prompting Revision through Modeling and Written Conversations

Students create a checklist outlining what effective writers do, revise his or her own writing, and engage in a written conversation to help peers with the revision process.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

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.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Cube Creator

The interactive Cube Creator helps students identify and summarize key elements. It can be used as a prewriting or postreading activity.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

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.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide

Implementing the Writing Process

This strategy guide explains the writing process and offers practical methods for applying it in your classroom to help students become proficient writers.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide

Peer Review

This strategy guide explains how you can employ peer review in your classroom, guiding students as they offer each other constructive feedback to improve their writing and communication skills.

 

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