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6 Best Writing Lessons Ever
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Teach students how to analyze book covers, titles, and discover the author's purpose before reading.

Genre Sort

Genre Sort

One of my friends who teaches Kindergarten, began this type of book sort for her students. Before she would read a book to her students, they would study the title and cover to determine the genre as well as the author's purpose. I knew I wanted to use this same idea in my classroom at the middle-school level, so I developed a genre sort for my students to use throughout the year.

Why I love the genre sort idea

I am passionate about this initiative because each time I share a book or an article, it can become almost instinct for my students to start analyzing the title and cover. I don't even have to ask or remind my students to begin.

This lesson is everything you need for any classroom or grade level (without the pocket chart). Go ahead and download, print, laminate, and you have it. Your genre sort is ready to go.

What's included in each sample lesson?

I have included six fiction and nonfiction book cover pairs that my students love. These covers are examples and ideas for you to get started with as you join our community. I encourage you to print covers of any book you read in your classroom too.

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Monsters: October Lesson (Grades K-1st)

MonstersThis lesson is a fun and engaging activity to use along with monster books you may have in your classroom. I was able to spend some time in kindergarten teaching this lesson, and the samples turned out adorable.

If you love the idea regarding this lesson and want to use it in your classroom, please download it today.

This ready to print unit offers the following:

  • Complete Lesson Plan
  • Example of a teacher chart
  • Student PDF for both Kindergarten and 1st-grade
  • Student samples
  • Link to art connection

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves: Fall Lesson (Grades K-1st)

There Was An Old LadyWe all love using the Little Old Lady books in our classrooms. I spent the day in Kindergarten last week, and I taught a lesson about recognizing narrative story patterns and stretching out the Middle of a story.

This activity will be a fun addition to your classroom. You can make your teacher version with Velcro pieces, and you can also laminate it to put in a station with the book. Students can continue to practice all along the school year.

This ready to print unit offers the following:

  • A Complete Lesson Plan
  • EW's Character—Problem and Solution Summarizing Framework
  • Old Lady's face template
  • Sequencing cards which go along with the book for both Kindergarten and 1st-grade
  • Student sample and teacher sample-stretching out the Middle of the story
  • Beginning, Middle, and End template, as well as a teacher modeled example
  • Student completed sample and bulletin board picture

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I Want Candy! (Grades 3rd-8th)

I Want CandyThis lesson includes all of my modeled activities, a 5-senses chart, a word reference chart, a modeled sample, and the finished product which I completed with my students. It also includes directions for the art connection.

You will find everything you need here (including a parental permission note) if you would like your students to bring their favorite candy to school. Food pairs along well when young authors chart their 5-senses.

This lesson was a hit in my classroom, and I know it will be in your classroom, too.

This ready to print unit offers the following:

  • Full lesson plan
  • Student 5-Senses PDF, and a completed teacher version for you to see
  • Student Word Referent Chart PDF, and a completed teacher version for you to see
  • Candy Sentence Starters PDF, to use for the 5-senses descriptive paragraph
  • Student Final Copy Paper PDF, and a completed teacher version for you to see
  • All teacher modeled charts we used during class
  • POP Art connection directions and examples
  • A permission note for parents for students who want to bring in candy

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The Nutty Squirrel (Grades 3rd-8th)

The Nutty SquirrelThe Nutty Squirrel unit focuses on how students analyze the Narrative genre through a passage in the story.

In these lessons, students will start with annotating the passage and then summarizing what they read. Next, they will create a book cover that includes the Beginning, Middle, and End on the Narrative Diamond. Your students will also analyze the story's critical elements, and they will end with a narrative writing extension task.

This download is everything you need to teach the salient skills of the narrative genre and create strategic readers in your classroom.

This ready to print unit offers the following:

  • Complete Lesson Plans
  • The Nutty Squirrel, PDF
  • My annotation example from class
  • Examples of my modeled chart
  • Narrative book cover PDF, which you can use for any narrative book
  • Book cover student examples
  • Story Critical Elements Student Page, PDF
  • Narrative Extension Task, PDF

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Comparing Literature: Rough Face Girl vs. Cinderella

Comparing LiteratureI never thought this lesson would turn out to be as effective as it was in class, but I was amazed. Last week, my 6th-grade students and I went to our elementary school to work with one of the 2nd-grade classes. The students were reading Cinderella and The Rough Face Girl.

My students have been responding to literature in an informational paragraph. I have been modeling this strategy in our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade classes as well. I partnered my students up with a 2nd-grade student, and then my students became teachers.

They created a modeled sample together on chart paper, and then directed their second-grader to write his or her response.

This ready to print unit offers the following:

  • Book Cover for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl, PDF
  • Literary Elements for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl, PDF
  • Paragraph writing for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl, PDF
  • Comparison Chart, PDF
  • Comparison Writing, PDF
  • Student Samples
  • Modeled Charts

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