Empowering Writers

Toolbox: writing lesson

writing lesson


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 […]


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 […]


April 2016 K-1 Lesson of the Month

For this month’s K-1 lesson, let’s create a class book based on Sue William’s book, I Went Walking and the NO GO word cards. Here’s what you’ll do: First, read the book by Sue Williams entitled, I Went Walking, to the children. Point out how the character walks all around and finds many animals of […]


April 2013 Lesson of the Month

Spring is in the air and everyone is a little itchy to get outside. My students need something engaging to keep their mind on school. I always love a good craft project so I set my students on a research quest to find a class project that all will enjoy. So how does a craft […]


April 2011 Lesson of the Month

Spring has sprung – and along with the budding trees and blooming flowers we’ve got a lesson for you that you’ll want to use year after year when April rolls around. We often think of research as relating mostly to expository texts. But, in fact, authors of all genres use research as a tool for […]


April 2010 Lesson of the Month

Spring Inspiration (In 17 syllables!) Do these numbers mean anything to you? 17: 5 – 7 – 5 Hint: think poetry… If you guessed Haiku, you are right! Our April lesson of the month will feature this ancient Japanese form of poetry. Haiku gets its distinctive style from both its form and its thematic material. […]