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Practice writing descriptive paragraphs using images to spark stories. Learners can get as creative as they want to! Begin by modeling how to determine the best describing words. You can use the image only pages to post on anchor charts around your room to spark ideas. Have learners walk around and write at least one thing they notice or infer int he images. Students can then use these brainstorms to describe what is happening in their own writing. 



Help kids understand how to show not tell when writing sentences. This is a great anchor chart activity or something you can have your students complete in small groups. Students will read the card and decide what emotion is being shown. This can be challenging as some of the cards can be used to show several types of emotions.  



Teaching students how to use dialogue can be tricky. Some will use too much, others too little. To help students, choose a text you've read with them recently (preferably a short story or pages copied form a chapter book). Have students highlight the dialogue and make observations. For 5th and 6th grade have students highlight the dialogue using different colors for each character.  Have students complete the exit ticket provided.



Teach your students to end on a strong note with these conclusion posters. As you did with the hook posters, discuss each one and model for learners how to create your own using your model writing sample. At the end of the discussion, have learners practice writing each type for their own story using the student recording sheet provided. 



Print the attached resource, laminate and cut for durability. Use the cards to help students create sentences and manipulate the parts to build complex sentences. You will start with the who and what. Have the student tell you a who and another student tell you a what. They will stand in the front of the room next to one another. You will add parts by having students continue using the cards. Move learners around and see how the sentence changes. 



Help kids understand how to stretch a small moment. Start by discussing the small things we all do in the mornings: wake up, brush your teeth, pack your backpack, eat breakfast, wait for the bus, ride the bus etc. Once you have a collection of small moments, model for your student how you act out the moment. Then create a paragraph that stretches that small moment. Students can record a video or take an image to share with their writing. 



Brainstorming is the most important part of any writing. The more time you take to brainstorm and really know what you are writing the easier it will be. To help get you started these are a collection of brainstorm pages that will aid you and your students. Remember, have your learners go back and make corrections if needed. Revising our brainstorms is also a step in the writing process.



Help your students use a variety of dialogue tags by categorizing them using shades of meaning. This activity is the same one discussed in the RL.4, however you are provided with 7 variations that have already been created for you! Don't want to use it as a Shades of Meaning? Print the words on the same color and create a matching activity with the whole class!



Get your learners editing their papers or the papers of their peers by using highlighters. The colors make corrections evident in their writing and easier to "see". Print, laminate and cut the attached resource. You can find the Highlighter Toolkit in my store. Be sure to use your discount code to get 25% off. 



Have learners practice the difference between show versus tell sentences. Learners will work with partners to read each strip. Learners will create two categories (sentences that show and sentences that tell). Discuss what learners noticed and create a definition of a show sentence and a tell sentence. Have students create criteria based on their observations for the anchor chart. 



Developing a good hook to any narrative can be challenging. Help to inspire some ideas using these colorful and simple hook posters. As you introduce, model the hook with your own story ideas and get learners involved as well! Once you have discussed each of the hooks, have your learners practice creating a hook for each type for their own story. A student recording page is provided in the download. 



Get your students moving beyond First, Next, Then and Last with this simple sorting activity. Using the "print a poster trick" you can create a large poster size of the sorting mat and at the end of the student activity have learners come up and add the words in the correct box. Post in the classroom for your students to use. For an independent activity have your students create a short writing using the words.