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Using Color to Learn to Write an Organized Expository Composition --
Colored Line Paper

Spider Writing Template

Award-winning Essays

Transition Words and Phrases


Word Walls and Dialectical Journals
for Vocabulary Development

Alphabetical Poetry 

Vocabulary Builder: Baseball Taboo

Figurative Language

The Polishing  Room where you learn to write with an ACTIVE voice!

Write with Voice Song

Adverb Song

Editing Practice Read this story that uses NO conventions. Then, rewrite it using your best handwriting and the conventions of standard English!

What Are Complex Sentences? 
An active writing activity 
to introduce dependent clauses

Terrific Writing Models
1.  Christmas How-To Composition
2.  Thanksgiving  Composition



Add a QUOTE to your writing!

Ben Franklin's Writing Quote 

Writing Quote

Writing with Writers

The Write Guy's --Writing Rubric New and Persuasive Writing Song

BAD Metaphors!

Paint by Idiom 

Ralph Fletcher's Tips for Young

Global Pen Pals
E-pals around the world


Literature to enhance narrative writing:
*Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher

*Rope Burn by Jan Siebold 

*Utterly Yours, Booker Jones by Betsy Duffey 

Literature to enhance journal writing: I'm in Charge of Celebrations 
by Byrd Baylor

Literature to enhance writing: Birthday Surprises by Joanna Hurwitz
A wonderful collection of responses by famous authors to the same prompt PLUS a Kids Wings Literature Guide!

A story told in the first person:

A Dog on His Own by M. J. Auch
by Randall Jarrell
The wonders of DAY from a bat's point of view!  Now, stay up late into the night and write about all the wonders YOU see and hear! With a Kids Wings Literature Guide



Some Thoughts on SPELLING

Story Starter

Story Prompts

Conversation Plus Song

A Picture Story Starter
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Kid-Friendly Writing Rubric

Proofreading Tips

Lofty Allocades

Topics for Personal Journals

Point of View Journals

A Cat's Journal

Interjections! Schoolhouse Rock

Winning Essays


Flip Books for Sentence Construction



Books recommended as writing models:

The War That Saved My Life

A historical fiction account of courage during the Battle of Britain told in a first person voice. Newbery Honor Book by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. With Kids Wings Literature Guide.

Fair Weather
by Richard Peck, an hysterical historical fiction novel about the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, written in the first person voice!
Kids Wings Literature Guide

Because of Mr. Terupt
Narrative Writing told in multiple VOICES with a Kids Wings Literature Guide


Literature to enhance informative writing: The Totally Terrific Valentine Party Book by Judith Bauer Stamper 
As a Literary Model:
The Totally Terrific Valentine Party Book
For Reading, give students copies of the book to read the procedures, then follow and create. For Writing, have kids write new procedures (using the writing model) for a DIFFERENT holiday! Authentic reading and writing!

More Writing Help:

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Write it briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
Joseph Pulitzer

The difference in winning and losing is most often ... not quitting. Walt Disney

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. Andre Breton

A writer is someone for whom
writing is harder than it is for other people. Thomas Mann

Good Writing Takes TIME
! Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Winners (and writers) are the people who when the odds are stacked against them, and those around them have fallen, will have the courage to look within themselves and make the unbelievable believable, and the impossible possible.
— C. Phillips

Never grow a WISHBONE
where a BACKBONE ought to be.
Clementine Paddleford

Why is a story writer a very peculiar creature? Because his tale (tail) grows out of his head.



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