What are 5 things that you can do to become a better student? Compare what it was like being in first grade to the grade that you are in now.
How can you make writing an exercise in personal expression, not drudgery? One key to better writing is better writing assignments -- and the Internet has them. Let's tour a few of the finest writing activities that the Web has to offer. He is becoming a "wired librarian," and his Web site, Outta Ray's Headis his niche and offering to the educational community at large.
Saitz explained that two of his favorite and most successful activities are The Biography Assignment and Review of Anything.
In the biography activity, students work in groups of four to create six good interview questions. Each student conducts an interview with a partner and then the two exchange roles.
Their grade is determined by their performance in creating interview questions, writing the biography of their partner, and designing a cover for a book or a magazine article based on the interview. The review writing lesson involves studying and creating a review of any object, person, or thing other than a book or a film.
Students combine the characteristics of the informal essay and the review to write and share an oral presentation that has a thesis and incorporates techniques presented during class.
Another activity that hasn't yet made it to the pages of Saitz's site has students writing the end to a short story.
You can make up some story about how the story was discovered in an old trunk and the end was rotted off. Read the story with the lights out and make a big deal of acting it up to build suspense. Just when it nearly ends, stop and ask the students to complete the ending using the same style as the writer.
I say it was found just that day and was in the newspaper.
Then they compare their endings to the author's. I hope that the lessons on the site help other teachers realize new possibilities or open new avenues of discovery.
Many elementary teachers lose heart as they read short, choppy paragraphs from their students that contain little variation in sentence structure. Successful Paragraphs is a lesson plan with a unique approach to improving student writing.
Students list three material things they wish for, three happenings that would make them happy, and three places they would like to visit. They follow a specific pattern to create a paragraph that tells what it would be like for them to enjoy all those things.
Using the template helps them see how variation in structure makes for more interesting reading! Often the most difficult part of writing is getting started, and this problem is frequently related to the quest for the perfect topic.
A good topic is the well from which ideas flow, so it needs to be plenty deep! If you too are having difficulty coming up with assignments that will bring forth the wonderful stories your students have to tell, visit Writing Topics. This page, from the Write Source, suggests several topics for papers your students will love to write, and all grade levels are addressed.
Be sure to bookmark or print this resource from The Write Sourcea development house of educational materials. Creativity and language flourish in Story Boxesan activity included on the Pizzaz Web site. You can collect objects for the story boxes, or you can have your students fill the boxes with objects and words written on pieces of paper or sticks.
As the students draw objects from the box, a story unfolds.
Use the plan as an oral storytelling activity or a written composition.Currently, students are more likely to need help in assignment writing, which will show not only theoretical knowledge, but which also can uncover practical skills.
For many students, the research assignment begins with a topic their instructor assigns. The best way to teach students to write is to make sure they’re writing! These writing prompts for elementary students will do just that. Introduce these prompts and encourage your students to write their responses and to share them with the rest of the class.
50 Writing Activities for Meeting Higher Standards. Professional Book. 25 Ways to Get Kids Writing. By Ephraim Stempler. Grades. PreK–K Teachers are also writing students, and NWP contains a library of stellar books on the art of teaching writing.
It's a must for keeping your mind as sharp as your pencil. What follows is a list of 50 writing prompts that teachers can use in the elementary school classroom.
Allowing your students to choose one of the following writing ideas each day can provide inspiration for their creative writing. Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of your student’s favorite activities, too.
Personally, I am rarely at a loss for something to write about in my journal, but many people need some help to get them started writing. Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.
Writing Poetry See All From inspiration to publication, these tools turn students into poets.