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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


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 […]


January 2018 Lesson of the Month

Many wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from the entire EW team! Holidays are always a busy time and now we’re all getting back to our school routines, so it’s a good time to recall an oldie but goodie lesson especially with assessment time in the forefront. Elaboration skills can be the key […]


Lesson of the Month: December 2017

It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us! During this time of year, students become excited about all the many activities going on in and outside of school. It can be a challenge to keep them engaged and on task! Try an entertaining suspense lesson featuring an encounter with the infamous Abominable Snowman or […]


December 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Winter Animals – Where they Live Based on the lesson: Informative Sentences – Where they Live (Reading, Writing, and Art Connections for First Grade) pp. 90-95 Objective: Students use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/expository texts. They name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. Materials: […]


December 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection

These books (Kindergarten and Grade 1) bring the Getting Ready to Write K-1 Guide to life. Each book contains 50 side-by-side lessons that relate specific reading and writing skills to art, literature, and critical thinking. Included in each lesson are step-by-step instructions, correlated printables, and an abundant literature list intended to provide differentiated instruction and a […]


November 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection

Using the parade or festival theme, generates other opportunities for some great writing lessons. Check out the activities in the Expository & Opinion Grade 4 Guide for Festivals of the World Lesson (download below.)


November 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

November K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 November lesson encompasses a dinosaur theme along with making messes. The idea for this lesson came from the authors of the book, What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night, a Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma. They shared in a brief note “About the […]