Writing Warm-up Activities: Mental Stretches Distance Learning

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The brain needs stretching activities just like the body does. This list has been expanded to 50 brief writing ideas so Middle School and High School students can get their creative juices flowing. Whether they are distance learning, sitting in a brick and mortar classroom or homeschooling, writing should always happen.

They are meant for a 5-10 minute writing session at the beginning of class while the teacher takes role and the students settle into learning.

Although I begin my creative writing classes with this activity, teachers should use it with their English classes to help the students exercise their thinking muscles.

Depending on the topic, give only five to ten minutes for them to write before having students share their responses with the class. The purpose is for the students to be spontaneous and not to over think the topic given them.

Teacher Notes are included along with CC standards and Bloom's Taxonomy higher-level thinking suggestions.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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