Onomonopia

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Tweet Onomonopia, it is such a freaky word, But on Halloween, to not use it would simply be absurd. There are so many sounds that we hear around this spooky time. You should use it in your writing, or while slurping up some slime. 😉   You could think of cackling witches, or a door that goes creeeaaak, A swooshing, whirring bat […]

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Thoughtful, Thankful and Thrilling Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

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Tweet With Thanksgiving around the corner, of course we need to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.  Having students create crafts and pictures of turkeys makes for fun activities and there’s always the wonderful writing prompt: “What are you thankful for?” But there are other things students can write about […]

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It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

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Get Kids Writing – Poetry

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Tweet Poetry, it’s powerful. But to some it makes them powerless. Left there with just a pencil they feel they have nothing to write. But there are so many ways and so many things that can be written and can be done. As a teacher, the first thing is to write yourself. You know – […]

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Musical Stories and Beethoven

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Tweet Not all musical pieces are meant to be heard as stories, but often they can be.  Just the other day, my students did a quick write using Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to create a short story. All this month, I love to do Beethoven-based lessons with my class.  We listen to his music, study his […]

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Story Beginnings and Beethoven

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Tweet How do great stories begin?  They capture your interest, grab your attention, introduce you to characters and setting, and give you a sense of the overall feel of the story as they set you into a series of events that ultimately bring you to the climax of the story. Great music begins the same […]

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Developing Fine Motor Skills: The Key to Writing

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Tweet Today’s guest post about fine motor skills is a great reminder that we should focus every so often on the basics to make sure our students are really understanding the fundamentals about writing.  It’s not just about the content or the style, but also about the skill or writing.  ~EMP Learning to write effectively […]

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Excite Young Writers with Blogging

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Tweet Blogging is a form of writing and for young writers, AKA our students, it can be an exciting venue to express their thoughts and complete assignments! I experimented with student blogging at the end of last year in June.  Yes, it was the last month of school and I went ahead with the plan.  […]

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5 Tips for Engaging Students in Creative Writing

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Tweet Upper elementary, middle and high school writing teachers will enjoy today’s guest post.  Jot down some ideas, try them out and let us know how they go! ~EMP Creative writing can be a fantastic way to improve students’ communications skills. Most students have an innate desire to create, and everyone benefits when teachers tap […]

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