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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


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.




December 2018 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

What student doesn’t love a little friendly competition?? Engaging our students and teaching them to love to read and write is one of the biggest challenges we as teachers face. With this book,  Reindeer of the Year, your students won’t be able to put their pencils down, as they convince you, that their reindeer is […]


November 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month:  Summarizing an expository piece Objective: Students summarize an expository piece using the summarizing framework and write an extended summary statement using informative verbs. The verbs can also be used to write informative sentences for reading response journals. Materials: Possible expository books: What Happens in Autumn by Suzanne Venino As the Earth […]


November 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Objective: Students will summarize stories in terms of beginning, middle and end. Students will also retell the middle of the story. Materials: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Turkey Template and animal cards (see PDF download)  Copy paper Crayons or colored pencils Glue Expandable accordion folded summarizing framework (Beginning, Middle, End PDF download)  Procedures: […]



October 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Laying the Foundation: Why Good Writing Starts with the Teacher Many teachers, whether they’re new to the classroom or seasoned veterans, consider writing instruction to be one of the most difficult parts of their job. Why? Because writing is often taught “on the fly” without the formal training and methodologies that get results. Our […]


October 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Bats, Bats, and More Bats!!   Objective: Students will use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to respond to information and share what they learned from the text.   Materials: Response to Text cards, GRTW pp. 127-130 Bat pattern Black or brown craft or construction paper Pipe cleaners, cut […]


October 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Haunted House Objective: Students will apply detail generating questions to create a descriptive piece on a haunted house.  Materials: http://www.hauntedhouses.com/map.htm, https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com http://www.cegesmith.com/2012/10/22/winchester-mystery-house-virtual-haunted-house-tour-stop-2/ The House that Drac Built by Judy Sierra In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman […]