Empowering Writers

Blog: February 2019

February 2019


Connotation

Our 5th Grade social studies class has been studying the Civil War, and will soon be writing an essay from the perspective of one side, either North or South.  As a precursor to the whole essay being written, I went in to teach them a single skill about connotations and how powerful your word choice […]


Spread the Love – Detail Generating Questions

Detail Generating Questions I’m always looking for ways to teach my students to give. To be selfless and put others first.  To always look for the positive in someone.  Well, this book has touched my heart for years.  Now that I have been using Empowering Writers in my classroom, I am able to teach the […]


Student Samples – The Love Monster

Second Grade Writing Samples I never knew how cute this lesson was going to be when I wrote it!  Classes all over my school have taught it this month and the student samples are SO cute!  Not to mention, students are attending to detail and sequence in their writing!  Here is a look inside one […]


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Stretching Myself

This quote is something that my principal is always saying to us.  Well today, I was pushed WAY outside of my comfort zone, as I worked with one of my coworkers who teaches 8th-grade social studies. His class was studying about the War of 1812… something I know literally nothing about, but our school is […]


Social Emotional Writing Lesson

Happy Heart Day Teacher Friends I just couldn’t pass up the grade 3-5 lesson of the month for February. My 6th graders had a great time, and I learned so much about my students. This is a great social-emotional writing lesson that you don’t want to miss out on!  If you haven’t downloaded the lesson […]


Presidents’ Day Fun

Yes! My students had a blast learning all about the history of our US Presidents this week.  It was so exciting to see them immersed in the research and sharing all of the information they were learning with their friends close by.  I literally had to do nothing to get my class started each day!  […]


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Taking it a step further… Black History Month Lessons

I found this great download on TPT!  The articles were perfect for my 6th-grade students.  We annotated the expository piece as a class and wrote a summarizing paragraph about what they expect to learn in the article on Martin Luther King Jr.  Then, students took notes on the templates provided.  Great practice on notetaking skills!  […]


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Show Not Tell – Feelings

Feelings   Often our students have a hard time describing how they are feeling while in the process of writing a story.  Now, for my students in 6th grade, not only do they have to write what feelings look like, but are expected to inference how the characters are feeling in a narrative story or […]