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* Writer’s Workshop Introduction Grades 1 to 6 Teachersfirst

Good writing skills are essential for secondary students. Writer’s Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build elementary students’ fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. Teachers can introduce elements of Writer’s Workshop at any elementary grade. Ideally, however, the process begins in Kindergarten.

Teachers can use this introduction to introduce Writer’s Workshop elements in a variety of curriculum situations and classroom settings.

Dream Girl Magazine Grades 4 to 8

The content of this e-zine for girls interested in the arts is much better than the title. There are articles about books, writers, reading, and the performing arts as well. Written at the proper level, but without the teeny-style trimmings, there’s a lot of content presented in an inviting manner. Worth a try if you have an enthusiastic girl in your class who is “looking for more.”

KidNews: Kids’ Writing from Practically Everywhere Grades 1 to 8 University of Massachusetts

Publish your student writing in subject areas of interest or purely creative poetry on this site. The rules and procedures are explained clearly, and students’ work has an instant world-wide audience. There is a wealth of samples from students in grades K through 12 and even beyond. News articles, reviews, features, sports, profiles and other areas are available. Entries are welcomed and encouraged.

This award-winning site is a must for teachers of writing!

KidPub Grades 1 to 12

This site is a collection of over 20,000 stories written by children all over the planet! This site also offers a pen-pal connection for children around the world that are interested in writing. Stories are not accepted for publication over the summer. An award winning site for young writers. An excellent site!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Webquest Grades 4 to 6 TeachersFirst

This is a simple webquest built around the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Students use several web sites to gather information on Wilder’s life and put it into one of several presentation styles.

Includes a printable handout.

Lessons from ReadWriteThink Grades 1 to 8 NCTE

This new collection from NCTE and the International Reading Association offers lots of K-8 lessons on reading, writing, and the skills that build both. There’s a lot of “meat” on this menu, so plan to spend some time reviewing these offerings, especially if you have a particular application in mind.

Math – Writing and Thinking Grades 4 to 6

Develop student writing skills and strengthen knowledge of math concepts by trying this method of writing letters to peers to explain new material. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has encouraged this approach of writing about math.

Mrs. Warford’s Professional Education Portfolio Grades 1 to 6

Teacher Emily Warford shows examples of a fluent student’s publication from writer’s workshop.

Poetry Ideas for Young Writers Grades 4 to 8

Here’s a nicely produced, informal introduction to ways in which poets and writers find, collect, and use ideas for their writing. The site offers lots of tips for budding writers, and the graphics help retain interest. A great choice for a young writer eager to learn more.

Poetry: Write Like the Pros Grades 3 to 5

Here’s a three-lesson poetry unit for grades 3-5 that gives students lots of examples, then asks them to write and perform poetry of their own. This one offers both structure and great creative opportunities.

Purdue’s Online Writing Program Lab OWL”” Grades 4 to 12 Purdue University

This site was designed specifically for distance learning and writing instruction, but it contains anything an English teacher, or student of English could want. English as a second language resources, lesson plans, and helpful suggestions. Resources, lesson plans, and materials for writers and teachers. Also provides links to other sites for more information. Features online writing lab with one on one tutorials, and a grammar hotline, and hand-outs on. This site also has resources for teaching writing across curriculum for integrated teaching styles. This site is reviewed by Purdue English Department students and updated regularly.

Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop Grades 1 to 6 Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound

Mariah Dickson briefly presents the philosophy behind some of the standard uses of the mini-lesson, general practice and guidelines for a daily workshop format.

Science Fiction Selections: Connecting Film to Literature for First and Grades 1 to 2 Yale University

Using Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, and E.T., introduce young students to the genre of science fiction while enhancing their reading and writing skills. Students learn how to review films, recognize themes, compare/contrast films with literature, and role-play.

Shel Silverstein Poems Grades 2 to 5

We’re not sure how this collection of Silverstein poems and illustrations made it onto the web, but elementary students (and some older ones, too) are sure to get at least one belly laugh out of these verses.

Student Writings about Art Grades 4 to 12 Detroit Institute of Art

This intriguing site from the Detroit Institute of Art shows what happens when teachers ask students to write about art. The results – from many grade levels – are a great collection of poetry and prose matched to specific images. If you’re working on creative writing and expression, this is a great example or “head shaker” to get your students imaginations in gear.

That’s Not Fair Grades 4 to 6 Yale University

Students strengthen skills in process writing, creative thinking, inductive reasoning, and cooperative work by using detective fiction. After working together to solve a mysterious “murder” among the book stacks in the school library, students are introduced to a collection of children’s detective novels representing a wide range of reading levels and cultural settings. While class lessons apply to any and all selections, each student is assigned a book that reflects his/her individual reading level.

The Day I Was Born Webquest Grades 4 to 6

Students will use the links in this webquest to discover everything that was happening on the day they were born. After they research and record news headlines, songs, authors, movies, and other information that was current on their birthday, they will use the information they’ve discovered to write a biographical essay to share with the class. There are also some fun links thrown in that calculate how old you are in days or explain the meaning of your name.

The Explorers’ Graveyard Grades 3 to 6 TeachersFirst

Combine writing, an explorers’ study, and fall celebrations using this activity which asks students to compose an epitaph for an explorer of their choice. Writing and art opportunities abound, and the end product makes a great display for parent-teacher conferences.

The Writing Den Grades 4 to 12

Improve student writing with activities included in this commercial site. The Tips-o-matic teaches simple grammar concepts. Students could use this to brush up on parts of speech and other grammar online. Includes clarifications of frequently confused words/common mistakes. Sign up to receive a word of the day via E-mail.

A teachers’ guide provides ideas for ways to use the various activities.

Tracking Creativity Grades 3 to 6 Thinkquest

Language Arts/Art: – Go on-line and learn to compose an ode or play with idioms in this student-created web site which won the ThinkQuest Junior 1998 Arts and Literature Category.


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