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 →

Teaching Ideas, Events, and Individuals (Standard 3)

Teaching Ideas, Events, and Individuals (Standard 3)

Are you working with Common Core standard 3? This reusable, interactive chart is specific to the sixth grade informational text standard and might be helpful! Students are expected to explain how ideas, events, or individuals are introduced, illustrated, or elaborated in a text. This requires students to look at text through the eyes of a writer. What strategy did the… Read more →