For upper elementary students, the Common Core expects students to show mastery of writing skills by producing written texts that demonstrate understanding syntax and vocabulary, and organizing their ideas.
There are three "BIG" types of writing students are expected to produce: opinion, explanatory, and narrative, which vary widely from task to task.
What they all have in common are the basic traits that turn writing from effective to exemplary: voice and word choice.
Upper elementary students have limited exposure and knowledge of figurative language. This toolkit provides them with extensive lists that allows them to find their authentic writing voice and help make their writing come alive. There is one page for each type of figurative language listed below chock full of child-friendly phrases.
Word choice and shades of meaning make a powerful impact on writing. Selecting the right synonym to create precise meaning is critical. However, identifying specific, descriptive language is challenging. The Writer's Toolkit provides extensive lists, most containing 100 or more synonyms for the following "tired" and "overused" words:
~100 COLOR Words
~100 Ways to Say MANY
~100 Ways to Say BIG
~100 Ways to Say GREAT
~100 Ways to Say GOOD
~100 Ways to Say BAD
~100 Ways to Say SAID
~100 Ways to Say WENT
~160 CHARACTER Traits
~100 Most MISSPELLED Words
Also included are special pages helpful to all writers, regardless of age or grade level:
~Holiday Word Lists
~Punctuation Mark List
~Proofreading Mark List
Also included is a place for writers to keep track of the words they struggle with in a
~Personal Spelling Dictionary
Students are tasked with listing their personal misspelled words from their writing samples and provide their spelling alongside with the proper spelling.
For teacher reference, there are pages of CCSS standards in writing and language listed to help you align your lessons and show meaningful instruction.