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


November 2017 Lesson of the Month

Beautiful weather, fall activities, and above all, a busy time of year. It is always great to capture student’s attention and jazz up a writing lesson by using seasonal themes as a jumping off point. This month, the November lesson piggybacks on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or a parade theme. Thanks to Kylene Reed […]


October 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection

For more spooky cross-curricular connections, check out the following, easily adaptable for grades K and 1. https://www.education.com/activity/first-grade/halloween/ Of course, after completing some of these, you can model writing about them with your students!


October 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

October K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is also based on a haunted house theme. The book Haunted House, Haunted Mouse by Judy Cox is the inspiration for this activity. Teachers will read the book to the class, but when the author ends the page with a question (which is often), […]


October 2017 Lesson of the Month

The October lesson is based on a haunted or abandoned house theme. The activity focuses on the skills associated with entertaining beginnings, but is easily adaptable for other Empowering Writers Narrative skills. There are several books and even a YouTube video that can be used as a jumping off point for this lesson. Some great […]


September 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is based on a horse theme using a newly published narrative book entitled A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier. It is paired with an expository book, Horses by Gail Gibbons or Horses by Laura Driscoll. There are many potential writing lessons possible using these […]



September 2017 Lesson of the Month

What! August already? Where did the summer go? Many of you do not begin your school year until September, but we all know that it takes weeks to get ready for the new year. As you begin planning for 2017-2018, remember, two new writing lessons (one intermediate elementary and one K-1) will be sent to […]


Get More Details! Activity – Narrative Student Sample

Halting the action is a great strategy to get kids to add elaborative detail to their writing. This activity highlights how to do so. Notice how this student answered the questions. The following activity is an example of a revision activity for independent practice and application of skills that have been previously taught. As you […]


How to Improve this Piece – Narrative Student Sample

This child was taught the Empowering Writers skills but has not used them all. Is this normal? Absolutely! It is very possible that your students will forget to apply all of the skills at once. Writing is a multifaceted task. It requires a lot of higher order thinking. Progress doesn’t happen overnight. We need to […]


Fully Elaborated Main Event – Narrative Student Sample

We’ve all had them. You know, the student that comes to you will a lot of writing talent? The author below is a prime example. But there is a misconception that advanced writers do not need a lot of instruction. This simply is not true. Whether struggling or not, every child needs to be taught […]


Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Are you confused about the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing? If so, you are certainly not alone. Many teachers struggle to identify and explain the subtle distinctions between these two genres. Here are two clues to help you tell them apart: Is the author presenting evidence or trying to convince you of something? By […]


First Grade – Narrative Student Sample

One Day at the Beach The prompt: “The waves crashed against the sand. I plopped my pack down and spread out my towel. It was going to be a wonderful day. Just then…” “My little brother pulled the towel out from under me and I fell face first in the sand. The hot gritty sand […]