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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


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 […]


March 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Our redesigned K-1 workshop introduces teachers to Getting Ready to Write (GRTW) and our new Reading, Writing and Art Connections books (RWAC). Both provide a template for incorporating writing throughout the day. Check out the multiple lessons from all the books to help you design an across-the-curriculum writing unit.   Lesson of the Month: The […]


March 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections to Assessment We’ve been there!  Click below to read about a few simple strategies that will help your students approach any assessment with more confidence. One of the best ways to be sure that your students have produced their best work is to have them read and revise what they have written.  An effective […]


“Dogs” – Expository Annotated Sample

WOOF! WOOF!  Warren, a third grade student, loved to act like a dog. He’d get down on all fours and sniff around the room, bark on command, and even sit and stay (on a good day).  As you can imagine, writing was about the last thing Warren wanted to do. In fact, most days he […]



February 2018 Lesson of the Month

Start February off right with this engaging lesson using quotation marks! This skill can be a struggle for young writers, but a little practice and some fun at the same time will build strong dialogue or quotes in their writing! Be sure to check out our website! It’s full of free lessons, and suggestions, and […]


January 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Instead of Monsters don’t forget how powerful the questions “What does it ‘look’ like, why is it important?” can be in elaborating on facts in expository, opinion, and argument writing. Think about it… elaboration in your science unit! Ex. The student writes: You can find all kinds of baby sea creatures in the saltmarsh. By […]