CCSS ELA Standard: 6.W.5

  • Fixing Shakespearean Run-Ons

    Can your students help The Bard? We'll fix five Shakespearean run-ons in three different ways.

  • Writing Technique: 3 Dependent Clauses

    A specific technique to help students add some spice to their writing. We'll be writing sentences with three dependent clauses.

  • Writing Technique: Contrast With Synonyms

    A specific technique to help students add some spice to their writing. We'll be contrasting two ideas using synonyms.

  • Writing Technique: Opposite Adjectives

    A specific technique to help students add some spice to their writing. We'll be using antonyms to describe the same topic!

  • Fancier Figurative Language: Advanced Repetition

    Let's go beyond "The girl was very, very, VERY fast" and spice up our use of repetition by borrowing two patterns from Shakespeare.

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  • Passive to Active Voice

    n this lesson, students will not just fix passive sentences, but break active sentences as they learn to put the star of the sentence first.

  • Adding Variety to Writing: Sentence Starter Part 3

    "Add more variety!" I'd say to my class. But I never really knew what this actually meant. Suprise! This bad advice never improved students' writing. In these videos, students learn nine specific ways to add variety just by changing the beginning of their sentences. This was easily one of my students' favorite writing tools - because it actually helped them.

  • Adding Variety to Writing: Sentence Starters Part 2

    "Add more variety!" I'd say to my class. But I never really knew what this actually meant. Suprise! This bad advice never improved students' writing. In these videos, students learn nine specific ways to add variety just by changing the beginning of their sentences. This was easily one of my students' favorite writing tools - because it actually helped them.

  • Adding Variety to Writing: Sentence Starters Part 1

    "Add more variety!" I'd say to my class. But I never really knew what this actually meant. Suprise! This bad advice never improved students' writing. In these videos, students learn nine specific ways to add variety just by changing the beginning of their sentences. This was easily one of my students' favorite writing tools - because it actually helped them.

  • Teach Non-Fiction Writing Structure With Fractals

    It's worth spending time laying the foundation of a strong structure for non-fiction writing. We'll use the fun concept of fractal shapes to discuss the patterns in non-fiction writing.

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