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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


how to teach narrative and expository voice in writing

The 2 Voices in Writing and How to Teach Them

By Barbara Mariconda We’ve all heard teachers talk about “voice” – how a piece of writing somehow has it – or doesn’t. Often referred to as “author’s voice, it is a frequently misunderstood concept, an illusive quality that often seems difficult, if not impossible to teach. In fact, some people feel that authors are either […]


June 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Students learn so much those first couple of years of school. Send them home with a book of memories and/or lessons learned from the class. What an amazing treasure they’ll have to look at for years to come! Objective: Create a class book of students’ favorite memories or lessons learned. […]


June 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: For help with reviewing letter writing, find a YouTube video or PowerPoint to help out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoLYICPFXhY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOdwHvtOmic classroom.jc-schools.net/waltkek/FriendlyLetter.ppt https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/writing-letters-6289786 Great ways to share and recall memories is with books.  Especially favorite stories read during the school year. Think about using this great list as a guide, or even sending a copy home, with your […]


June 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Letter to next Year’s Class Objective: Students will write letters to next year’s class. They will use writing skills to help paint a clear picture of what to expect and any suggestions to help the new students. Materials: notebook paper, envelope, pencil Procedures: Reflect on the year. Have students discuss memories, […]


May 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Class PowerPoint about a vacation spot Objective: The class will participate in a shared writing and technology project to increase their knowledge and inspire informative writing. (whole class format) Materials: computer, PowerPoint, projector/Smartboard, internet Procedure: Have students vote on a vacation spot. Use internet links to show them different places […]


May 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Virtual field trips are an amazing way to bring the outside world to your students. Check out these sites for a vacation project and find many more with a simple search: http://www.earlychildhoodeducationzone.com/virtual-field-trips/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj0eqK4I9MU https://www.dpisd.org/Page/24590 And our own resource THE HUB also has amazing field trips linked to instruction, like this one.


May 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: For many students and teachers, the countdown to summer break has begun! To keep students engaged and excited about learning, create a class or individual PowerPoint presentation about a place you’d like to visit. Students will do a little research, practice their expository skills, and use technology all in one fun […]


A 4th Grade Expository Student Writing Sample

Grade 4 Expository – The Horseshoe Crab Embarking on a research project is often a daunting task for me and my students. First we need to choose a topic and hone that topic so that the research is focused. Then we engage in the research aspect of it and finally the written work. Throughout the […]


April 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections – Quick Writes Remember to reach for our little teaching toolbox – “Daily Quick Writes” – that contain just the little brushstroke of an activity that can both fill an instructional need and fill a few spare minutes in a productive way. Use this particular Quick Write to get kids experimenting with the parts of speech, honing their wordcraft and writing!


April 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Spring is in the air! With the increase of sunshine and warm weather we also see bugs – no doubt to the delight of many young children! This month’s K1 lesson is all about the creepy crawlers! K1 Lesson of the Month: Expository Pillar & Expository/Informative Writing Objective: Students use a combination of drawing, labeling, […]


April 2018 Lesson of the Month

For many, the countdown to summer has begun. Students (and teachers) find it hard to concentrate on school. Keeping everyone engaged and on task can be quite the challenge! This is the time of year when a game is in order! This month we have a grammar review game for you. It’s perfect to practice […]


March 2018 Lesson of the Month

Take a Picture – it Lasts Longer! This month’s lesson uses digital photography as a tool for encouraging vivid descriptive detail and as a vehicle for eliciting opinions in writing.  Students will select a prized possession – it might be a family heirloom, artifact, piece of jewelry, photograph, knickknack, toy, or article of clothing that […]