10 Essential Writing Lessons

A Mentor Teacher Shares Classroom-Tested Strategies and More Than 40 Mini-Lessons That Help Students Become Skillful Writers - and Meet the Common Core State Standards

By: Megan S. Sloan

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Becoming a Writer (Launching the Writer's Notebook): Writing Mini-Lesson 11
Discovering Writing Topics (Narrative Writing): Writing Mini-Lesson 8
Narrowing Topics (Personal Narrative/Memoir): Writing Mini-Lesson 11
Organizing Ideas (Writing Multiple Paragraphs): Writing Mini-Lesson 12
Elaborating on Ideas (A Close Look at Telling More): Writing Mini-Lesson 13
Writing Poetry (Learning About Language and Developing Confidence): Writing Mini-Lesson 13
Writing a Literary Essay: Writing Mini-Lesson 19
Writing an Informative Article: Writing Mini-Lesson 13
Writing an Opinion Piece: Writing Mini-Lesson 19
Writing a Research Report: Writing Mini-Lesson 18
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Drawing on her 28 years of teaching experience, Megan Sloan has identified the top ten writing lessons upper elementary students need, and she shares them here, divided into step-by-step mini-lessons that guide you through modeling skills and strategies, leading shared practice, and launching students’ independent writing. Complete with mentor text lists, conferring tips, and assessment ideas, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards, you’ll find everything you need for writing success!

Grades 3 - 5

Checklist of Things to Model While Writing:
• Reread
• Think things over twice
• Cross out words or phrases
• Think aloud
• Include dialogue
• Describe
• Tell how I feel
• Include an anecdote

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