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Fat drafting idea from Wendy Bishop as found in Strategic Writing by Deborah Dean.

Fat drafting idea from Wendy Bishop as found in Strategic Writing by Deborah Dean.

Thoughtful ways to teach essays (Kill the Five Paragraph Essay!!!!)

Benefits of Online Photo Editors

Explain how to begin writing a thesis statement to the class in three steps. Brilliant alternative to the (clunky, unhelpful) essay. Including a thesis statement format that is dynamic and engaging!

I thought this image was interesting because it compared writing an essay to a double stuffed Oreo. It gives the appearance that Oreos and school go together. http://www.alternet.org/food/7-highly-disturbing-trends-junk-food-advertising-children

This is the actual link.Our Cool School: Persuasive Writing: OREO Graphic Organizer.Opening activity: What is the best way to eat an Oreo. Includes a handout for students to use for organizing their thoughts. Great idea that the kids will love

How to Use Paragraph Transitions - A mini-lesson and handout teaching students how to use transitional phrases or words to connect paragraphs and ideas within an essay or other form of writing. Common Core aligned. $

How to Use Paragraph Transitions - Mini-Lesson & Handout

How to Use Paragraph Transitions - A mini-lesson and handout teaching students how to use transitional phrases or words to connect paragraphs and ideas within an essay or other form of writing.

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Brenda Kovich discusses Common Core State Standards for Language including teaching kids to quote

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Six Word Memoir - I love the idea of having students write one at the beginning of the school year at the middle school level instead of the same old "get to know you" activities. Could also be a great kick-off to Poetry Workshop.

This lesson plan gives three detailed pages of directions including photographs to show how the lesson unfolds. The objective of the lesson is to help intermediate students begin to tackle more challenging reading material and to process it at a deeper level. As we know, the Common Core is asking us to push our students toward deeper understanding--and this lesson can help you do that.

This lesson plan gives three detailed pages of directions including photographs to show how the lesson unfolds. The objective of the lesson is to help intermediate students begin to tackle more challenging reading material and to process it at a deeper

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