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10 Easy Writing Lessons That Get Kids Ready for Writing Assessments
Teach students to write effectively and raise test scores at the same time. Easy, sequential lessons mirror the exercises found on state performance assessments.
Grades 3 – 6
Mary Rose

 
 

10 Writing Lessons for the Overhead
With this time-saving resource, the author provides 3 examples of an element on each transparency, and provides the questions to ask that help students recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each piece.
Grades 3 – 6
Lola Schaefer

 
 

100 Quickwrites
A rich collection of poems and short passages, perfect for middle school. Teachers read one of the powerful pieces aloud and invite students to respond to one of the freewriting suggestions.
Grades 5 – 12
Linda Rief

 
 

100 Trait-Specific Comments
Providing constructive feedback on writing is essential for helping students improve their skills. With this time-saving tool from writing expert Ruth Culham, you'll have more than 100 just-right comments at your fingertips.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

100 Writing Lessons: Narrative • Descriptive • Expository • Persuasive
Dip into this vast collection of quick writing lessons and activities to find exactly what you need-whether it's a lesson on using exact words, writing an essay, developing a plot, or organizing a report. You'll find dozens of ideas for teaching students the persuasive, narrative, descriptive, and expository writing skills they need.
Grades 4 – 8
Tara McCarthy

 
 

20 Reading and Writing Centers: Fun Literacy-Building Centers with Ready-to-Use Picture Cards, Word Cards, Templates, Game Boards, and More
Reading specialist Rosalie Franzese shares 20 of her best literacy centers. The fun activities help students practice letter recognition, letter formation, letter-sound correspondence, word recognition, directionality, one-to-one correspondence, and so much more.
Grades PreK – K
Rosalie Franzese

 
 

25 Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing
Just a few minutes are all it takes to improve student writing skills. These ten-minute lessons address topics such as using detail, punctuating dialogue, crafting great endings, perfect proofreading, and more
Grades 3 – 6
Adele Fiderer

 
 

3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension: Grades 1-4
Leveled passages with ready-to-use assessment pages help teachers quickly screen students for reading problems, such as low word recognition, poor fluency rate, and inadequate comprehension
Grades 1 – 4
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

35 Learning Tools for Practicing Essential Reading and Writing Strategies
Whether students need to build their vocabulary, ask questions as they read, understand text structures, or write to persuade or inform, help is here. Each learning tool is supported by a mini-lesson ­ practical ideas for using it to the best advantage.
Grades 4 – 8
Cathy Cerveny; Melissa LaCotti

 
 

35 Must-Have Assessment & Record-Keeping Forms for Reading
This collection of essential, indispensable forms for guiding meaningful reading instruction includes reading strategy checklists, self-evaluation forms, reading conference forms, response journal rubrics, and more.
Grades 4 – 8
Laura Robb

 
 

35 Rubrics & Checklists to Assess Reading and Writing
Take control and help students meet the current state and school standards in reading and writing with grade-appropriate, classroom-tested-rubrics and self-assessment checklists. Reproducible forms cover reading and listening comprehension, story-character analysis, essays, letters, and more.
Grades K – 2
Adele Fiderer

 
 

40 Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom
From the author of 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide comes this collection of essential forms for assessing students, planning instruction, communicating with parents, and teaching forms of writing.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
 

40 Rubrics & Checklists to Assess Reading and Writing
Get organized with grade-appropriate, classroom-tested rubrics and self-assessment checklists. These reproducible forms focus on reading and listening comprehension, story-character analysis, essays, letters, and more. Includes easy directions, scoring tips, planning forms, and follow-up strategies.
Grades 3 – 6
Adele Fiderer

 
 

50 Graphic Organizers for Reading, Writing & More
Help your students become active learners with the classroom-tested graphic organizers in this valuable resource. Includes 50 ready-to-go templates, student samples, and step-by-step directions.
Grades 4 – 8
Karen Bromley; Linda Irwin DeVitis; Marcia Modlo

 
 

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades
Why has the 6+1 TRAIT model had such a tremendous impact on writing instruction? Because it works. It allows teachers to pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses in ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation, and focus instruction. Now Culham turns her expert eye to our youngest students. Like her groundbreaking guide for grades 3 and up, her new book contains scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, but framed to address K-2 teachers' needs.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide: Grades 3 & Up
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation. Look at good writing in any genre, and you'll find these traits. Think of them as the fuel that stokes the engine of writing.
Grades 3 – 12
Ruth Culham

 
 

75 Language Arts Assessment Tools
You're sure to find exactly what you need in this extensive resource. The rubrics, checklists, rating sheets, evaluation forms, and other easy-to-use tools help teachers assess student achievement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, there are sheets for evaluating specific work products, such as summaries, editorials, oral presentations, and many others.
Grades 5 – 8
Mary Sullivan

 
 

Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing
Drawing on major new insights in brain research, Gentry shows how reading and writing develop in five phases-from operations with no letter knowledge to understanding of phonics chunks- that provide the blueprint for instructional approaches.
Grades PreK – 2
Richard Gentry

 
 

But How Do You Teach Writing?
Packed with practical ideas teachers and students can try instantly and experience immediate success with writing. The book is divided into three parts: Out of the Gate contains easy ideas to help you get started, More Reasons to Write shows you how to teach across genre, both fiction and nonfiction writing, and Refining Writing addresses everything you need to know about revision, grammar, punctuation, and assessment.
Grades K – 12
Kathryn Au; Cathy Cerveny; Barry Lane

 
 

Complete 4 for Literacy, The
This book provides an organizational framework, detailed models, lessons and practical support for mapping and building grade-specific curriculum across the school year through four major types of units of study—strategy, process, genre, and conventions—that integrate reading and writing.
Grades K – 5
Pam Allyn

 
 

Content-Rich Reading & Writing Workshop, The
By teaching reading and writing through content and by folding rich content into your reading and writing instruction, not only do you create more powerful and exciting learning experiences for your students—helping them learn more—you save time and become a more efficient and effective teacher.
Grades 4 – 8
Nancy Akhavan

 
 

Cracking Open the Author's Craft
By observing the deep study of one book, teachers will learn how to explore any text with a greater appreciation for and understanding of author's craft, which they can use to support students' development as writers. Fifteen ready-to-use mini-lessons introduce students to techniques and literary elements they can use to craft their own writing.
Grades K – 5
Lester Laminack

 
 

Daily Trait Warm-Ups: 180 Revision and Editing Activities to Kick Off Writing Time
Ruth Culham targets specific skills with short, powerful activities that help students gain independence and confidence as they revise their work for ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency, and edit it for conventions.
Grades 3 – & Up
Ruth Culham

 
 

Differentiated Literacy Centers
Developing leveled materials and creating an organizational system to manage it all is an immense undertaking. In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher and staff developer Margo Southall shares management tools along with hundreds of leveled activities that she has fine-tuned over the years.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Differentiating Assessment in the Writing Workshop
This resource is for teachers who need fast, efficient ongoing assessment to reach all of their primary writers. The authors provide strategies for streamlining conferences, pinpointing students' strengths and needs, and teaching to help students meet grade-level language arts goals. 144 pages + resource CD.
Grades K – 2
Karin Ma; Nicole Taylor

 
 

Easy & Effective Writing Lessons for English Language Learners
Drawing on more than fifteen years' experience teaching English language learners, Marilyn Pryle has designed and classroom-tested these ten writing assignments that support the particular needs of ELLs. Each assignment includes whole-class lessons to introduce the topic and teach about genre; leveled mini-lessons that address students' needs at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced language-proficiency levels; reproducible prewriting activities; and a rubric.
Grades 5 – & Up
Marilyn Pryle

 
 

Easy Assessments for Pre-Kindergarten
A complete toolkit for assessing children's progress in language arts and math.
Grades PreK – Prek
Laurie Fyke

 
 

Engaging Readers & Writers With Inquiry
What makes a good relationship? Is it ever permissible to lie? Reframing our units and lessons with questions such as these makes learning more exciting for students. Wilhelm debunks the myth that teaching through inquiry is hard.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Essay Writing Made Easy With the Hourglass Organizer
Fifteen lessons developed by master writing teachers guide students to write thoughtful, well-structured essays—from informative to persuasive. These step-by-step lessons use a simple, but effective graphic organizer to show how the parts of an essay work together to create a cohesive whole.
Grades 5 – & Up
Jane Lierman; Elizabeth Louise Elliot

 
 

Essential Kindergarten Assessments for Reading, Writing, and Math
A complete toolkit for assessing children's progress in language arts and math.
Grades K – K
Laurie Fyke

 
 

Essential Strategies for Word Study
Students learn all about words, inside and out, as they sort and spell, harvest and map, define and design, investigate and analyze, decode and use words—all toward the aim of becoming more effective and efficient readers and writers.
Grades 2 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Jerry Zutell

 
 

First Lessons for Beginning Writers
Simple yet powerful, this collection of mini-lessons is the perfect introduction to writing for our youngest learners. Writer and teacher Lola M. Schaefer shares her classroom-tested ideas for teaching children how to find and focus ideas, use drawing to brainstorm and organize, choose powerful verbs, and so much more.
Grades K – 1
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation, A
With these mini-lessons and small-group activities, students catch on to the power of punctuation by looking at how favorite authors use it and by noticing it in advertising, newspapers, and all kinds of text.
Grades 2 – 5
Janet Angelillo

 
 

Fresh Takes on Centers: Writing
In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher, reading specialist, and staff developer Mary Beth Allen shares her time-tested organizational tips and tools for easy-to-implement, research-based writing centers. Reproducible activity packets come complete with student directions, templates, record sheets, and graphic organizers to facilitate independent learning.
Grades 3 – 5
Mary Beth Allen

 
 

Getting It Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness
The authors consider what grammatical concepts and correctness issues are most worth teaching and how to teach those concepts and issues deeply.
Grades 4 – & Up
Jeffrey Wilhelm; Michael Smith

 
 

Grade 1 Writing Curriculum: Week-By-Week Lessons
A complete, standards-based writing curriculum designed specifically for first graders' developmental needs. The authors, experienced teachers, have sequenced the skills first-grade writers need to acquire. Then they created engaging lessons to teach and reinforce these skills.
Grades 1 – 1
Kathleen Carden; Mary Godley-Sugrue

 
 

Grade 2 Writing Curriculum: Week-By-Week Lessons
A complete, standards-based writing curriculum designed specifically for second graders. Through daily journal prompts and weekly writing lessons, second graders move from writing sentences to composing multiple paragraphs, learning how to organize, revise, and edit fiction and nonfiction effectively.
Grades 2 – 2
Kathleen Carden; Mary Godley-Sugrue

 
 

Grade 3 Writing Curriculum: Week-By-Week Lessons
A complete, standards-based writing curriculum designed specifically for third graders. Through daily journal prompts and weekly writing lessons, third graders move from writing paragraphs to composing essays, learning how to organize, revise, and edit longer pieces of fiction and nonfiction.
Grades 3 – 3
Kathleen Carden; Mary Godley-Sugrue

 
 

Grammar Lessons and Strategies That Strengthen Students' Writing
Ready to teach grammar in a way that gets results? Use these engaging grammar lessons that tap the power of favorite authors' prose and the relevance of students' own work.
Grades 4 – 8
Laura Robb

 
 

Graphic Organizers & Strategy Sheets That Scaffold Writing From Paragraphs to Essays
Student Packets With Guided Lessons, Writing Models, Graphic Organizers, and Planning Sheets.
Grades 4 – 8
Anina Robb

 
 

Guiding K-3 Writers to Independence
In this breakthrough book, internationally respected literacy researchers Gay Pinnell and Pat Scharer introduce us to community writing, which centers on the relationship between group writing such as shared and interactive writing and children's own independent writing development.
Grades K – 3
Gay Pinnell; Patricia L. Scharer

 
 

Just-Right Writing Mini-Lessons: Grade 1
A bounty of mini-lessons to kick off any writing workshop - all thoughtfully written to meet the language arts standards. Includes a grid that shows how each lesson meets a standard.
Grades 1 – 1
Sylvia Ford; Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Just-Right Writing Mini-Lessons: Grades 2-3
A rich collection of more than 60 mini-lessons linked to the standards, written by recognized experts in the field. Topics include reviewing basic concepts, writing with a purpose, planning narrative and expository pieces, drafting, revising, editing, and more. Graphic organizers and templates round out this indispensable resource
Grades 2 – 3
Sylvia Ford; Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Just-Right Writing Mini-Lessons: Grades 4-6
A rich collection of more than 50 mini-lessons linked to the standards, written by recognized experts in the field. Topics include finding and developing topics, writing with a purpose, planning narrative and expository pieces, drafting, revising, editing, and more.
Grades 4 – 6
Sylvia Ford; Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Launching the Writing Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photographs
Classroom teacher, Denise Leograndis uses full-color photographs with clear descriptions to show you how you can transform your classroom into a well-organized workshop that supports writing growth.
Grades 2 – 5
Loviah Aldinger; Rosemary A. Bamford; Marcia Delany; Denise Leograndis

 
 

Lessons for Guided Writing
In this powerful book, veteran teacher Mary Sullivan provides explicit lessons that demonstrate what effective writing looks like. Students apply these writing criteria to short, focused pieces, which Sullivan responds to before the final draft is submitted. It's this immediate feedback with the expectation of revision that really moves students ahead as writers.
Grades 5 – & Up
Mary Sullivan

 
 

Lessons for Guided Writing: Nonfiction
This thoughtful guide offers lessons and strategies for all stages of writing nonfiction: collecting information from print and nonprint sources, evaluating and analyzing the data, and sharing it with authentic audiences in meaningful ways.
Grades 5 – & Up
Mary Sullivan; Kelli Holden

 
 

Literature Is Back!
Organized by genre (picture books, traditional literature, modern fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), this book places quality children's literature at the heart of literacy teaching.
Grades 1 – 5
Carol J. Fuhler; Maria P. Walther

 
 

Making Revision Matter
When teachers are asked, "What's the toughest thing about teaching writing?" they usually answer, "Revision." Here, finally, is a book that will change their opinion. Janet Angelillo offers a rigorous, yet accessible guide that treats revision as the rich, satisfying activity that it is meant to be.
Grades 3 – 6
Janet Angelillo

 
 

Mastering the Mechanics: Grades 2-3
At last, a collection of smart, breakthrough lessons that help you teach your students all the essential editing skills they need to create successful, polished writing. Each grade level specific book features a Year Long Planner that helps you chart your instruction across the school year, an indispensable Skills Continuum that identifies the skills your students should know at each grade level, and a years-worth of smart, easy-to-use lessons that focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the use of conventions in writing.
Grades 2 – 3
Linda Hoyt; Teresa Therriault

 
 

Mastering the Mechanics: Grades 4-5
At last, a collection of smart, breakthrough lessons that help you teach your students all the essential editing skills they need to create successful, polished writing. Each grade level specific book features a Year Long Planner that helps you chart your instruction across the school year, an indispensable Skills Continuum that identifies the skills your students should know at each grade level, and a years-worth of smart, easy-to-use lessons that focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the use of conventions in writing.
Grades 4 – 5
Linda Hoyt; Teresa Therriault

 
 

Mastering the Mechanics: Grades 6–8
A collection of easy-to-use lessons that focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, editing and use of conventions in writing.
Grades 6 – 8
Linda Hoyt; Lynnette Brent

 
 

Mastering the Mechanics: Grades K-1
At last, a collection of smart, breakthrough lessons that help you teach your students all the essential editing skills they need to create successful, polished writing. Each grade level specific book features a Year Long Planner that helps you chart your instruction across the school year, an indispensable Skills Continuum that identifies the skills your students should know at each grade level, and a years-worth of smart, easy-to-use lessons that focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the use of conventions in writing.
Grades K – 1
Linda Hoyt; Teresa Therriault

 
 

Month-by-Month Trait-Based Writing Instruction
In this comprehensive resource, two veteran primary teachers share a multi-faceted approach to teaching writing that seamlessly combines the use of powerful mentor texts, strategy lessons, and the traits—ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades K – 2
Maria P. Walther; Katherine Phillips

 
 

Most Wonderful Writing Lessons Ever,  The
These ready-to-use lessons cover writing from beginning to end: entertaining starters, building suspense, adding detail, main event, story endings, and using dialogue. Inventive activities include analyzing a photo to draw out vivid verbs, and reading Snoozer Sentences to show the need for leads that grab!
Grades 2 – 4
Barbara Mariconda

 
 

Moving Forward with Literature Circles
There's no better way to deepen students' comprehension and appreciation of books than with literature circles. However, it's not always easy to plan, manage, and evaluate them--until now.
Grades 3 – 6
Valerie Brown; Jennifer Pollack Day; Janet McLellan; Dixie Lee Spiegel

 
 

New Kindergarten: Teaching Reading, Writing & More, The
Come into Connie's kindergarten classroom and learn how to plan literacy-rich learning experiences all year long. This complete resource includes activities to build phonemic awareness and phonics skills, mini-lessons on shared reading and writing, and learning-filled morning messages and meetings.
Grades PreK – K
Constance Leuenberger

 
 

Nonfiction in Focus: A Comprehensive Framework for Helping Students Become Independent Readers and Writers of Nonfiction
Children's literature experts Janice Kristo and Rosemary Bamford show teachers how to choose nonfiction wisely and teach it wisely.
Grades K – 6
Rosemary A. Bamford; Janice Kristo

 
 

Nonfiction Passages With Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice: Grades 4 and Up
Teachers will get kids reading nonfiction with these 30 high-interest passages on topics such as survival in space, natural disasters, famous Americans, and more. Comprehension questions, a graphic organizer, and a writing prompt accompany each selection, providing easily-graded, purposeful homework that's linked to the standards.
Grades 4 – 12
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Punctuation Tales
Mastering tricky mechanics is a snap with these humorous storybooks that teach kids everything they need to know about capitalization, exclamation points, question marks, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, colons, abbreviations, and more!
Grades 2 – 5
Liza Charlesworth

 
 

Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success
Get writing workshop up and running with these classroom-tested ideas from veteran teacher Janiel Wagstaff. Janiel shares the essentials: the materials and routines you need to get kids writing right from the start, and the management and teaching ideas to keep them going strong.
Grades 2 – 5
Janiel Wagstaff

 
 

Reading & Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades
Increasingly, research supports the importance of teaching children to read and write informational text, but few resources show us how to do it well. This book fills that gap. The authors explain why it's important to weave informational text into the primary curriculum.
Grades K – 3
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead; Nell K. Duke

 
 

Reading IS Seeing
Picturing scenes, events, settings, characters, and ideas is essential to reading comprehension - but not all students know how to do it. In this amazing book, a noted educator shows teachers dozens of engaging, interactive techniques that turn reading into a highly visual, enjoyable experience for proficient and struggling readers alike.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Ready-to-Use Reading Assessments & Intervention Strategies for K-2
Effective, ready-to-use assessments that enable teachers to track students' progress in literacy easily throughout the year. These research-based assessments measure achievement in four key literacy areas: print conventions, word recognition, comprehension, and writing.
Grades K – 2
Brenda Weaver

 
 

Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: K-2
From the author of 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grade comes this collection of essential forms for assessing students, planning instruction, communicating with parents, and teaching the writing process
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Revision Lessons You'll Love to Teach
Revision is a challenge for many writers—especially student writers. In this essential resource, two veteran teachers share the lively and motivating lessons they've created to help students tackle the challenge of revision. Lesson topics include identifying and targeting a focus for revision, organization, diction and sentence structure, conventions, and more.
Grades 5 – & Up
Cathleen Greenwood; Ruth Story

 
 

Revisiting the Writing Workshop
In this comprehensive resource, two mentor teachers share their classroom-tested procedures and successful mini-lessons on writing craft, genre, and revision. They show you how to encourage meaningful dialogue, meet the needs of diverse learners, and immerse students in authentic writing.
Grades 1 – 5
Marybeth Alley; Barbara Orehovec

 
 

Scaffolded Writing Instruction
Fisher and Frey share six research-based strategies that support every developing writer. They present each strategy within a scaffolded framework of lessons that begin with teacher-directed instruction and support students as they learn to use the strategy independently.
Grades 3 – 8
Douglas Fisher; Nancy Frey

 
 

Shared Reading for Today’s Classroom
Classroom dialogues and lessons show how to model key skills and strategies and make the reading process visible for students-for both fiction and nonfiction.
Grades K – 2
Carleen daCruz Payne

 
 

Step-by-Step Assessment Guide to Code Breaking
A classroom-based, child-centered assessment for tracking step-by-step progress in reading, writing, and spelling with reproducible assessment forms. The assessment guide and DVD show you how to easily identify a child's phase of development, set reasonable expectations for growth, and select from the instructional techniques Gentry provides to best help every student become a successful reader and writer.
Grades PreK – 2
Richard Gentry

 
 

Step-by-Step Writing Lessons for K-1
Straight from the classroom, these age-perfect lessons provide the tools and strategies young students need to become successful writers.
Grades K – 1
Deanne Camp; Waneta Davidson; Deneen Wuest

 
 

Stepping Sideways Into Poetry Writing: Practical Lessons
A practicing poet who works in schools shares poetry lessons that ease teachers and students into writing poetry. The fun, friendly exercises include writing riddle poems, fractured fairy tale poems, vegetable-and-me poems, and many others.
Grades 3 – 6
Kathryn Winograd

 
 

Struggling Writer, The
Struggling writers need personalized, focused, and assessment-informed instruction and, to this end, Angelillo shows teachers how to provide their students with three levels of support: 1) self-monitoring strategies that enable students to start writing, build writing stamina, manage their time, and stay focused on a topic; 2) classroom community resources which create a safe, supportive environment in which to write; and 3) best practices drawn from writer's workshop including student choice in writing topics, discovering one's voice as a writer, and time out to conference, reflect, and assess.
Grades 3 – 6
Janet Angelillo

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Content Area Writing
The Teacher's Essential Guide to Content Area Writing leads the reader through Burke's teaching strategies, which draw from a combination of research and Jim's own experience as a public school teacher. He includes invaluable techniques to improve student writing as well as strategies to simply prompt students to write.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teaching Grammar With Playful Poems for Middle School
Ten reproducible poems that have middle-school appeal are paired with complete lessons to target key grammar concepts—predicate adjectives, direct objects, gerunds, clauses, compound sentences, and more. Nancy Mack's lessons provide a scaffold for students to grasp each concept and then use it skillfully in their own writing.
Grades 6 – 8
Nancy Mack

 
 

Teaching Nonfiction Writing: A Practical Guide
In this fascinating look at nonfiction writing, Laura Robb shares the classroom-tested lessons she developed after interviewing prominent nonfiction writers about their practice.
Grades 5 – & Up
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Powerful Writing
Students have trouble applying a novel's literary techniques in their own writing so give them something short! Read aloud these personal narratives, each highlighting a different writing technique, and watch students' writing take off!
Grades 5 – 12
Bob Sizoo

 
 

Teaching Reading and Writing With Word Walls
Integrate word walls into your daily literacy activities! Sample lessons, including photos of real classrooms, show you how to add to the walls each week, drawing words from poems, nursery rhymes, morning message and more to keep them fresh.
Grades K – 2
Janiel Wagstaff

 
 

Teaching Reading: A Complete Resource for Grades 4 and Up
This 3-ring binder from reading expert Laura Robb is the comprehensive resource for research-based reading instruction. In it, Robb has compiled classroom-tested lessons and strategies that help students activate prior knowledge, monitor comprehension, make inferences, write in response to fiction and nonfiction texts, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 12
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid
It's all about the pictures. When student writers rely primarily on vague statements, adjectives, and adverbs, their writing doesn't score well on tests, and worse, sounds generic, voiceless, and dull. Creating vivid pictures is the key to good writing.
Grades 5 – & Up
David Lee Finkle

 
 

Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction: Grades 2-4
Teachers can help students read any kind of nonfiction with these easy lessons that introduce key nonfiction elements. Colorful transparencies present maps, graphs, diagrams, time lines and other nonfiction text features.
Grades 2 – 4
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction: Grades 4 and Up
Help students tackle the textbook with 15 lessons that introduce key nonfiction elements. Colorful transparencies present maps, graphs, diagrams, time lines and other nonfiction text features
Grades 4 – 8
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays
Carefully developed, classroom-tested lessons that build upon one another, focusing exactly on the kinds of skills kids need to do well on state assessments plus communicate effectively in high school and beyond.
Grades 5 – & Up
Marilyn Pryle

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Elaboration
In this concise and thoughtful guide, veteran teacher and children’s author Lola Schaefer offers classroom-tested strategies that help students elaborate effectively. Lessons on choosing precise nouns and verbs, developing an extensive vocabulary, creating powerful comparisons, questioning the writing, and showing emotions through action help students enrich their writing.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Ideas
A concise and thoughtful guide that helps teachers get students to generate meaningful writing ideas. Veteran teacher and children’s book author Lola Schaefer demonstrates how to help students find ideas that matter—in everyday life, in books, through careful observation, by wondering about the world, and by sketching images and taking photographs, among other strategies. An essential resource for any writing teacher.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Leads & Endings
This concise and thoughtful guide offers lessons and strategies for creating powerful leads and memorable endings. Drawing on quality children’s literature, Kathleen Hurni-Dove shows how to use exemplars to inspire students and show them the variety of possibilities for leads and endings, which helps students move beyond Hi my name is ________ and The End
Grades 2 – 4
Kathleen Hurni-Dove

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Organization
A concise and thoughtful guide that helps teachers get students to generate meaningful writing ideas. Veteran teacher and children’s book author Lola Schaefer demonstrates how to help students find ideas that matter—in everyday life, in books, through careful observation, by wondering about the world, and by sketching images and taking photographs, among other strategies.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Revising & Editing
A concise and thoughtful guide that shows teachers how to introduce, teach, and reinforce revision and editing practices. Includes a kick-off lesson, classroom-tested revision strategies that enrich students' writing, and editing techniques that help students polish their work
Grades 2 – 4
Kathleen Hurni-Dove

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Voice
In this concise and thoughtful guide, expert teacher and veteran author Lola Schaefer offers classroom-tested lessons and practical strategies that help students identify voice in writing and learn how to include it in their own work. Students find their voices through quickwrites, author studies, guided revision practice, compare-and-contrast exercises, and more.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Essentials of Reading With Picture Books
Teachers can build a strong reading foundation with these 15 lessons that use engaging picture books to teach essential skills. Help students identify phonemes in Some Smug Slug and model phrasing and intonation with The Wind Blew-kids will love revisiting read-alouds to explore the sounds, rhythm, and meaning of language.
Grades K – 2
Alyse Sweeney

 
 

Teaching Writing in Kindergarten
This smart, simple approach ensures that kindergarteners write at or above a first-grade level by the end of the year. Master teacher Randee Bergen shares her yearlong plan for daily writing, providing complete lessons and tips for motivating all learners, managing writing time, and assessing children's work effectively and efficiently.
Grades K – K
Randee Bergen

 
 

Teaching Writing in Mixed-Language Classrooms
As classrooms become more and more diverse, teachers are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of all their students—both English-speaking students and English Language Learners. Teaching writing is especially challenging in these mixed-language classrooms. In this book, a national literacy leader offers a variety of techniques for teaching writing that will motivate all students, while also providing ELLs with the supports they need.
Grades K – 5
Joanne Yatvin

 
 

Teaching Writing That Matters
Language Arts teachers and teachers in other content areas will find in this book an exciting new framework for teaching adolescent writing and a wealth of tools to enact it in their classrooms.
Grades 6 – & Up
Chris W. Gallagher; Amy Lee

 
 

Teaching Writing Through Differentiated Instruction With Leveled Graphic Organizers
Designed for teachers who want to teach writing effectively to students of different ability levels, this resource offers lessons, leveled organizers, and writing models to make planning and gathering materials a cinch.
Grades 4 – 8
Linda Shalaway; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Teaching Writing With Mentor Texts in the Primary Classroom
From selecting a mentor text and matching it to a writing topic to teaching the focus lesson and inviting students to write on their own, Nicole Groeneweg shows teachers how to use favorite picture books as powerful models to teach key writing skills.
Grades 1 – 3
Nicole Groeneweg

 
 

Teaching Writing With Picture Books as Models
Use the power of picture books to teach mood, voice, character, theme and other literary elements to upper graders. Lessons for teaching narrative and memoir writing are included in this informative guide
Grades 4 – 8
Maria Koutras; Rosanne Kurstedt

 
 

Teaching Writing: Differentiated Instruction With Leveled Graphic Organizers
Help every primary learner build basic writing skills with graphic organizers designed at three levels of challenge. Each of the 15 model lessons in this book is paired with three ready-to-use organizers that support and engage a range of learners and boost their writing skills.
Grades 1 – 3
Mary McMackin; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction
Seasoned writing teacher Jenny Mechem Bender echoes what most primary teachers already know: our young students long to write fiction! And with just enough detailed, step-by-step instructional support—across eight stages of a complete Realistic Fiction Unit of Study together with mentor texts and formative assessment—Bender demonstrates how our youngest writers can craft realistic fiction with meaning, focus, and detail as they consider voice, audience and the power of language.
Grades K – 3
Jenny Mechem Bender

 
 

Teaching Young Writers to Elaborate
Even very young children can learn a repertoire of elaboration techniques to take their writing from bland to exciting. In this resource, a veteran teacher shares the mini-lessons and strategies she created to teach children how to develop their writing by adding definitions, asking questions, using visualizations, and lots more.
Grades 1 – 3
Megan Sloan

 
 

Teaching Young Writers: Strategies That Work
Guiding a writing program can be daunting, so this resource shows you how to "start small" with brief interactive writing lessons and move kids toward independence. Covers morning message, journal writing, poetry writing, and more
Grades K – 2
Lola Schaefer

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 1
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades 1 – 1
Pam Allyn; Jaime Margolies

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 2
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades 2 – 2
Pam Allyn; Patty Vitale-Reilly

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 3
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades 3 – 3
Pam Allyn; Abi Gotthelf

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 4
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades 4 – 4
Pam Allyn; Laurie Pastore

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 5
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades 5 – 5
Pam Allyn; Laurie Pastore

 
 

The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Kindergarten
Provides a detailed curricular calendar that's tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you'll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers.
Grades K – K
Pam Allyn; Karen McNally

 
 

The PreK - 2 Writing Classroom: Growing Confident Writers
Learn what young children can do as competent, confident writers when we create writing classrooms that support their developmental patterns and provide them with multiple opportunities to write for numerous purposes across the curriculum.
Grades PreK – 2

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 1
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades 1 – 1
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 2
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades 2 – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 3
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 3 – 3
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 4
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 4 – 4
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 5
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 5 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade K
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades K – K
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait-Based Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing in Grades 2-4
More than 25 effective and engaging mini-lessons to help students strengthen their writing by learning about the traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Mini-lessons focus on different stages of the writing process, from prewriting to editing.
Grades 2 – 4
Megan Sloan

 
 

Trait-Writing Warm-Ups for the Overhead: Editing: 20 Transparencies With Practice Exercises
Writing expert Ruth Culham provides essential daily revision practice for the trait-based classroom: a collection of short, skill-boosting exercises plus teaching transparencies that target key skills in editing.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait-Writing Warm-Ups for the Overhead: Revision: 20 Transparencies With Practice Exercises
Writing expert Ruth Culham provides essential daily revision practice for the trait-based classroom: a collection of short, skill-boosting exercises plus teaching transparencies that target key skills in revising.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing for the Primary Grades: A Professional Development Series on DVD
This new DVD series takes you inside Kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classrooms as teachers use scoring guides to evaluate children's writing, model each of the 6+1 traits in classroom lessons, and reflect on their students' learning strategies.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Big Classroom Reference Guide
A unique trait-based resource from expert Ruth Culham, this big, informative flip chart is a student-friendly guide to the traits - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades PreK – Prek
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Professional Development Video Series
The Scholastic Teaching Resources videos feature over 130 minutes of footage and show how specific writing traits - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation- can dramatically improve student writing in grades 3 and up
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Professional Development Video Series on DVD
Disc 1 (67 minutes) provides important background on the TRAIT model along with scoring tips, rubric, detailed lessons, management tips, teacher interviews, and student comments covering the Ideas and Organization traits.Disc 2 (67 minutes) focuses in detail on the Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation traits.
Grades 3 – 6
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits
Using high-quality picture books as models for writing is not a new concept. But using them to help students apply the traits of writing-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation-is.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits: K–2
Good teachers have long recognized the power of using picture books as models of good writing. The short, focused, and tightly woven text mirrors the kind of writing they want their students to be doing. In this essential resource, the authors have organized by trait more than 150 annotations of new and classic books that will delight young students--and inspire powerful writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu

 
 

Visual Tools for Differentiating Reading & Writing Instruction
Discover how visual tools that make ideas more accessible help students at all levels make giant strides in composing stories and revising them, taking notes on difficult text, remembering and retelling complex stories, and mastering content knowledge.
Grades 3 – 8
Linda Rief; Roger Essley; Amy Levy Rocci

 
 

Word-Conscious Classroom, The
Want to guarantee that students are learning rich vocabulary all day, everyday—and, by doing this, improving their reading and writing? In this lively, research-based book, based on successful classroom practice, the authors offer dozens of strategies, mini-lessons, units, and activities that increase students' exposure to and appreciation of sophisticated language.
Grades 2 – 6
Judith A. Scott; Bonnie J. Skobel; Jan Wells

 
 

Workshops That Work!
Sequential mini-lessons for the first 30 days help teachers easily establish the instructional routines of an effective reading and writing workshop. Teachers will learn how and when to introduce key topics, what to say, how to model writing, connect writing to engaging literature, and move students' writing and reading abilities forward throughout the year
Grades 4 – 8
Sarah Buxton; Kirsten Widmer

 
 

Writing Above Standard
Harness the power of a writing workshop that relies upon a standards-based foundation while still embracing active learning and student inquiry. Teachers benefit from the structure provided by the standards and, at the same time, enjoy flexibility that enables them to respond to the unique needs and interests of their students.
Grades K – 5
Debbie Lera

 
 

Writing Extraordinary Essays
How do you turn unmotivated students into eager and accomplished essay writers? In this powerful resource, a master teacher gives you the tools you need to make this happen. Using his own original comic strips to engage students, the author demonstrates a variety of ways to teach students how to organize an essay, create vivid details, make effective word choices, and revise and proofread effectively.
Grades 5 – & Up
David Lee Finkle

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Content Areas
This collection of writing lessons is just what teachers need to help them meet the language arts standards while teaching important content. Students write poetry, study vocabulary, use graphic organizers, prepare summaries, write for authentic purpose (editorials, persuasive letters, speeches), and so much more!
Grades 4 – 6
Sylvia Ford; Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard
These easy, step-by-step lessons show teachers how to use the interactive whiteboard to engage students in learning excellent writing craft techniques with models of strong writing. Expert writing teacher Lola Schaefer covers all the essentials--organizing, setting a strong focus, writing convincing leads, and more!
Grades 5 – & Up
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard: Grades 2-4
These easy, step-by-step lessons use the tools of the whiteboard to help students identify the elements of excellent writing and then apply them in their own work.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Overhead: Grade 1
Mini-lessons with ready-to-go models perfect for first grade! This time-saving resource offers transparencies with writing samples that showcase a particular element of writing, including focus, organization, word choice, details, leads, and revision.
Grades 1 – 1
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Overhead: Grades 2-3
Powerful writing lessons at teachers' fingertips! This time-saving resource offers transparencies with multiple model paragraphs that showcase a particular element of writing, including organization, leads, endings, strong vocabulary, and revising.
Grades 2 – 3
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing Lessons For the Overhead: Grades 5 and Up
Powerful writing lessons at teachers' fingertips! Use the transparencies to launch discussions of voice, organization, word choice, leads and more. Students compare models designed to illustrate when a craft element is used effectively, and when it's not.
Grades 5 – 8
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing Lessons for the Overhead: Responding to Literature
A master writing teacher shares step-by-step lessons that guide students to analyze and respond thoughtfully to characters, conflict, theme, and other key elements of the literature they read. Schaefer provides 20 strong writing samples on transparencies for the overhead to help teachers model how to write convincing responses.
Grades 3 – 6
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Writing to Prompts in the Trait-Based Classroom: Content Areas
Looking for ways to build students' writing proficiency, content knowledge, and test-taking skills? Try R.A.F.T.S. - prompts that provide the basic ingredients to start writing: a role, audience, format, topic, and strong verbs. They make expectations clear so students can apply writing traits with confidence and creativity.
Grades 3 – 12
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
 

Writing to Prompts in the Trait-Based Classroom: Literature Response
Looking for ways to build students' writing proficiency, literature appreciation, and test-taking skills? Try R.A.F.T.S. - prompts that provide the basic ingredients to start writing: a role, audience, format, topic, and strong verbs. They make expectations clear so students can apply writing traits with confidence and creativity.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
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