What’s the best way to help your students to become stronger writers? With targeted writing instruction, of course! That’s where this set of 10 writing lessons comes in! These lessons can be easily incorporated into writing workshop, writing units, writing centers, or your everyday writing instruction.
Each are designed to be quick and engaging. They can be taught in succession as a single writing unit or you can pick and choose lessons to teach at different points throughout the school year. For instance, if you’re teaching a narrative writing unit, pull out the “Writing Leads” mini-lesson. Or if students are writing a descriptive essay, teach the “Sensory Details” mini-lesson. You can easily teach each of these lessons to the entire class, small groups, or even to individual students.
About the Writing Lessons
• Each writing lesson is designed as a stand-alone lesson. The lessons can be taught in any order, at any time. Of course, the lessons can also be taught in succession as an entire writing skills unit.
• The writing lessons focus on different aspects of the writing process and craft.
• Students practice writing strategies and skills in focused lessons.
• Each lesson includes: topic introduction, examples, additional information, guided practice, and writing prompts. They are designed to be engaging and fun.
• The focused lessons are similar to mini-lessons in that they are designed to build students' writing skills with short, focused delivery of explicit instruction that helps to develop their writing skills.
• Writing a Lead
• Word Choice
• Writing with Voice
• Vivid Details
• Writing with Similes
• Sensory Details
• Showing vs. Telling
• Figurative Language
• W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.4, W.5, W.10
• L.3, L.5, L.6
• These lessons can be taught in any order at any time.
• You might select different lessons based on a genre of writing that students are working on. For instance, you might have students complete the “Dialogue” mini-lesson when they are writing memoirs.
• You might have different students work through different lessons based on their individual needs (instant differentiation!).
• The writing lessons can be conducted with the whole class, small groups, and/or individual students.
The lessons can be taught…
• Before starting a writing unit.
• During a writing unit when students are revising and improving their drafts.
• As additional and/or supplemental writing instruction.
• Along with your writing workshop lessons.
• Whenever you see a need when observing students’ writing.
This resource includes:
• Detailed Overview for Teachers
• Writing Lessons: A Closer Look
• More Ideas
• Writing Lesson Cover Pages (for creating student packets)
• 10 Writing Lessons - each lesson includes:
• A detailed lesson plan (2 pages)
• Student handouts (2 pages)
• Answer keys (with sample responses – 2 pages)
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