Teaching Writer's Craft

Teaching students to use writer's craft in their writing, through the use of mentor texts, modeling, and minilessons.
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an interactive writing lesson for kids with the title 3rd - 4th grade narrative writing lesson bundle
Narrative Lesson Bundle - Beginnings, Endings, Feelings, Small Moments & 5 Senses
Teaching students to write personal narratives is much easier with the structure of these lessons! Each unit includes mentor text ideas, sentence starters, and lesson plans for five different writing skills: good beginning and endings, sensory language, zooming in on small moments, and show, don’t tell emotions. 3rd - 4th grade #narrativewriting
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Narrative Writing: Good Beginnings for Stories
Get the hands-on materials for building this anchor chart for free! Writing good beginnings for narrative writing! Students write better stories with better beginnings once they understand that there are six different types of narrative beginnings. Use mentor texts, hands-on activities, and handouts, and revision practice to help kids write better beginnings: action, onomatopoeia, setting, dialogue, character, and questions!
a book with the title beyond rubrics 5 steps to better, revision
Beyond Rubrics: Five Steps to Better Revision *Freebie! - Buzzing with Ms. B
Help students revise their writing at a deeper level using revision guides! For example, to help kids think about organization, ask… * What organizational structure did the writer use? * Are the ideas easy to follow or does the reader get lost? * Can you find some meaningful transitions that connect ideas and help the writing flow? These questions require students to hunt back in the text and find evidence, and that’s the difference between thoughtful revision and just looking at a rubric.
a poster with some writing on it that says, sensory language sight and hear
Writer's Workshop: Components and Structures to Help You Get Started - Buzzing with Ms. B
Writer's craft ideas: Using figurative language Good beginnings and endings Story structure Expository structure Zooming in on a momentUsing sensory detailsShow, don’t tell Developing characters Developing settings Paragraph writingUsing dialogue So many more crafts – anything an author does in their writing can be a lesson!
a whiteboard with writing on it that says, negative beginnings and how to use them
Five Tips for Helping Your Students Grow as Writers - Buzzing with Ms. B
Teaching writing in upper elementary can feel like you're running on a treadmill. Instead of tearing your hair out, try these five things to get your kids writing fluently with purpose! This post explains how to model, get kids to reread their wriitng with an anchor chart, and it's got a free download with prompts for think alouds during writing! All of these tips work with the Writer's Workshop model!
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Five Tips for Helping Your Students Grow as Writers - Buzzing with Ms. B
Teaching writing in upper elementary can feel like you're running on a treadmill. Instead of tearing your hair out, try these five things to get your kids writing fluently with purpose! This post explains how to model, get kids to reread their wriitng with an anchor chart, and it's got a free download with prompts for think alouds during writing! All of these tips work with the Writer's Workshop model!
a whiteboard with writing on it that says, negative beginnings and how to use them
Writing Better Beginnings for Personal Narratives
Tired of your students writing boring beginnings? Teach your upper elementary writers to write good beginnings for narrative writing. Get an anchor chart for different types of narrative beginnings, ideas for mentor texts, and activities to help your writers write interesting beginnings! #narrativewriting #narrativebeginnings
five interactive anchor chart ideas for reading and writing with the text 5 interactive anchor chart ideas for reading and writing
5 Ways to Make Anchor Charts Interactive
If your anchor charts are cute but your students don't know how to use them, they're not purposeful. This post includes five ideas about how to make your ELA anchor charts interactive! Reading anchor charts are the best when students can add their thinking to them and access information. Read about tips for using sticky notes, interactive graphic organizers, and more to make your charts student-friendly! #anchorchart #elaanchorchart
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How to help your writers revise their own writing
If your kids struggle with revision, they are not alone. This post explains three tips you can use to help your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students understand and actually revise their own writing! A free download for writer's workshop folders will help your kids understand the writing process, and there's even a free revising checklist! Get started today with this download and step-by-step video instructions! #writersworkshop #upperelementarywriting
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Buzzing with Ms. B
This post gets you started with a free download full of mentor text ideas! This list of upper elementary picture books includes titles for teaching reading and writing. Get personal narrative
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Teaching Figurative Language with a Mentor Text: Mud! *Freebie!
Teaching Figurative Language with the book MUD by Mary Lyn Ray. Anchor chart idea plus two FREE printables!
a pile of books with the title free printable reading and writing mentor texts
Buzzing with Ms. B
This post gets you started with a free download full of mentor text ideas! This list of upper elementary picture books includes titles for teaching reading and writing. Get personal narrative
an easy pre writing strategy that works for 3rd - 5th grade
Buzzing with Ms. B
This is even better than an anchor chart. Help your kids brainstorm ideas during prewriting with this easy to use (and fun) activity! It's a strategy that works every time for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, and it will help your kids generate ideas for their personal narratives so they can move forward in the writing process! Get kids unstuck with this strategy! A how-to video helps get you started! #writersworkshop #teachingwriting #prewritingstrategy