Adjectives in Front: Varying Sentence Styles

Adjectives in Front: Varying Sentence Styles

This is one of my favorite charts to create with students. I have made variations of this chart with students in grades second through eleventh. This simple way to add sentence variety is fun and easy to do.   Introducing this Chart: I began by writing five actual sentences taken from the introductory paragraphs of argument papers that a group… Read more →

Transitions Beyond First, Next, and Then

Transitions Beyond First, Next, and Then

Students are regularly taught that writers use transitions to move to different ideas with a piece of writing. Unfortunately, many students think that sequence words followed by a comma are the only types of transitions that exist. This often results in a very limited use of transitions and an overuse of sequential transitions. Students of all ages can benefit from… Read more →

Establishing Context Beyond Ordinary Hooks

Establishing Context Beyond Ordinary Hooks

This is a great chart to help stretch out introductions. When students prepare to argue a point, they commonly create thesis statements that name their points in one sentence. When students do this, they end up with nothing much left to write in their introduction. We encourage them to provide context, background, or hook their readers in this space. While… Read more →

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 →

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