CCSS ELA Standard: 8.W.5

  • 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 Starters #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 #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 #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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