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Narrative Writing BME Chart

This is a poster I created to go with the BME narrative writing plan used by Step Up to Writing.

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Show, Don’t Tell | Book Units Teacher

The Show, Don't Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader's mind. Details One key element of this method is the use of details. Example The girl went to the…

Give Your Characters Secrets. This will walk you though different kinds of secrets your characters can have and why/when you should have secrets in your book.

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The right secret will deepen characterization, add conflict and inner conflict, intrigue the reader, and help you solidify the backstory.

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Show Don’t Tell: A Descriptive Writing Game

Learn about Dr. Warren's Show Don't Tell writing games.

Work on Writing Menu that has students write about their books in authentic ways. Has rubrics that also go with!


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Teaching Kids to Paraphrase, Step by Step

Paraphrasing is such a hard skill to master - and so very important! Paraphrasing is essential for many kinds of writing. Kids who don't learn to paraphrase well will not only grow into poor writers but may also even resort to plagiarism, which is not at all a good thing. Here is a step by step plan for teaching paraphrasing to your students. Start by

"Show, Not Tell" poster for revising writing and adding more detail.
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"Show, Not Tell" poster for revising writing and adding more detail.

I like this idea of a checklist for mini-lessons. We could come up with ideas for all mini-lessons at the beginning of the year using the objectives and units. Once the mini-lesson has been taught, the checklist would help with conferencing discussions.
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Teaching My Friends!

By the time my friends reach 4th and 5th grade, there are some things that should be non-issues. There are some things I should not have to spend instructional time on. Basics. Thus was born the No Excuses list. Each year, after the first couple of weeks of school, I do a quick intro to the No Excuses list. This is a chart of things that, by the time they get to 4th or 5th grade, a student can reasonably be expected to be responsible for doing. Things like starting sentences with capital…

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