Empowering Writers

Toolbox: Student Writing Lessons

Choose from daily, monthly, and seasonal student writing lessons for narrative, expository, opinion, and argumentative writing.  Empowering Writers proven strategies and lessons are effective for improving student writing.

Student Writing Lessons


April 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

Middle school students in all our classrooms are bouncing with spring fever, anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. This month, in honor of Earth Day, let’s engage students with a little research about the consequences of producing too much trash.



April 2019 Grades K-2 Lesson of the Month

This month, the K-2 book is brought to you from space! Enjoy this fun story read by astronaut Scott Kelly. Your students will love how this book comes to life as it floats around inside the space shuttle.


March 2019 Grades K-1 Lesson of the Month

This month, engage your littles with this fun lesson on how their leprechaun escaped the trap! Using the No-Go words from Empowering Writers, your students will use powerful vocabulary with this fun topic that is easily differentiated for everyone in your class.


March 2019 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

These books have quickly become a popular addition to many classroom libraries. This month, whether you are preparing for a state test or not, take advantage of reviewing homophones their, there, and they’re while your students write paragraphs that use exciting transitions to tell how they would capture a leprechaun. You’ll love this lesson using this fun and adorable read aloud!


March 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

How do you teach types of sentences so that students are able to understand the concept and use them with fidelity in their compositions? This lesson is a great way to introduce the types of sentences and continue to spiral the concept throughout the school year, applying the skills to several personal experiences so that students see how to create a variety of sentences in their own writing. Use a selection of published examples either from the samples that are shared here or from a read aloud you are teaching with currently.


February 2019 Grades 3-5 Lesson of the Month

This time of year can become a little stressful trying to cram in as many skills and strategies as possible, in preparation for state testing. Students, as well as teachers, start to feel the stress level rising. In order to build in some social-emotional learning, this lesson will offer your students the language they might need to express their emotions. Build in plenty of time to discuss their emotions and allow students a chance to build an awareness for how they’re feeling. You will love this writing lesson that can be utilized in your reading block as well!


February 2019 Grades K-2 Lesson of the Month

Let’s start this month off by spreading a little love and kindness to those around us! This adorable book is sure to be a hit with your little sweeties while teaching us that it’s ok to be different and that everyone is uniquely loveable.


February 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

This amazing book about freedom is beautifully written with many teachable moments for your ELAR classroom, while making meaningful connections to our country’s history. Enjoy this book with your middle school students as you share the true meaning behind the sweet smell of roses.


January 2019 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Burr it’s cold outside! Animals all around are scurrying to find a warm place to hide. Here is a great lesson using one of our all-time favorite read alouds, The Mitten by Jan Brett, to stretch out the middle of a story.


January 2019 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

It seems as teachers, that as we collect years of experience we also assemble a library of classic stories that we love to use each year! This month’s lesson uses an all time favorite winter read aloud – The Mitten by Jan Brett with a new and exciting lesson to try!


January 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

A great way to start back from a long break is by letting your students engage in a fun piece with research! Students will choose an Arctic animal to research and then write a suspenseful riddle using the facts and information from their research.