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Blog: January 2019

January 2019


Grade 4 samples

Results! Expository Research Essay Final Writing Samples

Research Paper Results WOW!  I cannot say enough about how proud I am of all of the writing samples I got to read today!  Here are some of the lessons that my teacher friends built after following along with my 7-Day Process Piece.  Each one is a little different so that the teachers could connect […]


Expository Research Essay Project – Day Seven- Conclusion

Conclusion Paragraphs So as I wrap up this research process piece that I did with my 4th-grade teacher friends, I begin reflecting back a couple of years to when I was in their shoes, preparing students to be successful on state tests.   I found that what I struggled with most was not pushing my students […]



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Expository Research Essay Project – Day FOUR- Introductions

Oh my gosh! I had a blast today, working in Mrs. Dixon’s and Mrs. Reynolds’s classrooms. As we began writing our introductions, the students’ writing came to life! They are writing an expository essay about the Texas animal (a spin-off of the January lesson of the month, Arctic animal riddle, allowing a connection to their […]



Martin Luther King/Black History Month- Vocabulary Lesson

Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary… As I look through scored state writing tests, students who had a variety of vocabulary and word choice scored at a much higher level than those students who were using more mundane and repeated language.  Here is a great tool for your students to use in their writing pieces.  It is quick and easy […]


Expository Research Essay Project – Day THREE- The Expository Pillar

Expository Research Essay Project – Day Three As we begin writing the expository essay using the students’ research on an Arctic animal, we will be following the process piece timeline. These process pieces are at the back of all of the Expository/Opinion EW books and in section 6 on the HUB. Download the process piece […]


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Expository Research Essay Project – Day TWO- Writing the Riddle

Now your students should be finished with their research and have an abundance of information gathered about their animal.  Not all of this information will be showcased in the riddle activity but used later in the expository essay that we write. Something I have noticed over the years in teaching writing is that many students […]