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Teaching Elaboration!

Teaching Elaboration!

If you ask a student how they elaborate and add more details to their writing, most students will be limited in what that actually means. They know what you want, but struggle with the strategies to make this happen. This chart was created with seventh grade students working on informational and argument writing, but is appropriate for all grade levels…. Read more →

Citing Textual Evidence: Moving Beyond Listing

Citing Textual Evidence: Moving Beyond Listing

Textual Evidence. You hear this all of the time. Students are supposed to recognize it, write about it, and talk about it. When it comes to incorporating it into their writing, things get a bit fuzzy. Students suddenly start to plagiarize, or they produce a long list of random information from a book or other source. This chart is my… Read more →

Cool Anchor Chart for Acknowledging a Counterclaim

Cool Anchor Chart for Acknowledging a Counterclaim

This chart was created with sixth graders. They were working on argument essays that had at least two distinct sides. When we made this chart students had planned their essays and were beginning to draft their introductions. Introducing this chart: I wrote the title on the chart and asked students what a counterclaim was. We spent a few minutes discussing… Read more →

Using Picture Books to Teach Letter Writing

Using Picture Books to Teach Letter Writing

Each grade level has an emphasis on commas, letter openings, and closings within the Elementary Common Core Language Standards. I LOVE to teach this through picture books. I like to read one aloud and point out when and where the author used different types of punctuation and capitalization. You can even grab several different copies and let students explore the… Read more →