English Language Arts: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics What is... What is something you dislike about yourself? What is something you do well? What is your favourite room in your home and why? Just write: short, inspiring activities to get students writing In recent blog posts I have looked at some different aspects of writing in class. Common to all of them has been the point that good preparation is key to producing a successful piece of writing. However, there is also a lot to be said for writing completely unprepared; short, fun activities where, instead of thinking and planning carefully, students just get on with it and write. These sorts of activities can be used as a warmer, or slotted into your lesson to change the focus and pace. They encourage students to see writing as fun and help to develop creativity and confidence.
Columbus Day – WebEnglish.se Background What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day and why should it replace Columbus Day? This article raises awareness of the point of view of the indigenous peoples, whose lives, traditions and fortunes were crossed by the White Man. Warm-up Christopher Columbus Cartoon for School! Funny pictures with the Columbus Day song in the background (yr 5-6)Christopher Columbus Song with lyrics (yr 5-7)Columbus vs Captain Kirk A rap with lyrics (yr 5-7)The Story of Christopher Columbus Very Funny (4:59) What do Americans on Hollywood Boulevard know about Columbus?
Seven simple poetry styles your students will love Poetry is one of the few styles of writing which openly encourages students to let go of their emotions and share them with others. This is not an easy thing for students to do and can the process can be made even more difficult if we expect them to write deep and meaningful styles of poetry such as ballads and free verse without developing an appreciation and understanding of poetry through fun and simple structure. These eight styles of poetry are a great entry point for teachers and students to approach poetry with confidence yet still allow for creativity and emotion to be part of the writing process.
365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. But we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! So we put together this list of 365 creative writing prompts to give you something to write about daily. Create-a-Story By Craig Gill Age Range: 7 to 11 This resource can be used to help children who may lack ideas during creative writing lessons. It consists of four charts, which contain 81 characters, 81 places, 81 situations and 81 objects. WARNING - some of them are a little gruesome!
Teaching with TLC: Journal Jar A jar is filled with simple, kid-friendly questions that turn journaling sessions into fun! First, print off the colorful writing prompts. Next, cut, fold, and place them in a jar. Have your children/students pick a prompt each day. They can tape it on top of a page in a blank book or copy the questions and then write their responses. Theme Poems In this online tool, elementary students can write poems based on shapes from five different categories: Nature, School, Sports, Celebrations, and Shapes. Within these categories, 32 different shapes are included. By selecting a shape, students are learning how to focus their writing on a particular topic or theme. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process.