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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


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 […]



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 […]


Revise This Beginning – Narrative Student Sample

Writing is a process, not a destination!  It’s very easy for us as teachers to get overwhelmed by the task of helping young writers improve. The challenge seems daunting at times. Take the pressure off of yourself to create perfect writers and replace your thinking to produce improving writers. Below is an example of a […]



June 2017 Lesson of the Month

This “just for fun” assignment encourages students to practice the skills they’ve acquired in the narrative and expository genres to create a writing piece worthy of sharing with their peers. It’s entitled “Where Am I?” and it not only requires specific writing skills, but is dependent on knowledge and/or research to complete. Plus, the intent […]


June 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is a take-off on the Main Lesson – Where Am I? Suspense Overview: Students will write a suspenseful segment about one aspect of a favorite summer activity. Here’s what you’ll do: 1.)   First, read through alternate lesson for grades 2 and up. Then choose a collection of […]


May 2017 Lesson of the Month

Isn’t May like a breath of fresh air? For some of you May marks the end of another school year, for others it’s the month that wraps up high stakes testing. For all of us it signals the glory of spring and teases us with the promise of summer. This month’s lesson takes us outdoors […]


April 2017 Lesson of the Month

This month’s lesson is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg entitled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This 1984 picture book is filled with a collection of Van Allsburg’s images inspired by the mysterious author Harris Burdick. For more information and a collection of pictures from the book, search the web using, “The Mysteries […]