Terrific Tools for Teaching Writing - Room 213

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Terrific Tools for Teaching Writing














A reader recently asked me which of my products I would recommend for teaching writing. Her question got me going through my store to decide which are my favourites.

After careful consideration, I chose these lessons and activities because they are the ones that not only teach important skills, but also get kids really engaged in the learning:







Each of these products will help you teach your students about effective word choice, sentence fluency and figurative language. Not only that, they target these skills in a fun and engaging way. My all-time favourite is the Word Choice Bundle, a print-and-go package of lessons and activities that help students choose the best words and strong verbs. Then the lessons illustrate how they can use imagery and figurative language to enhance their writing. After using the lessons in that pack, I'd introduce students to Writing Prompts with a Twist, short writing prompts (perfect for bell ringers) that have students reflect and revise as they write. Finally, there's my Narrative Writing Task CardsFigurative Language Challenges and Writing Activities Challenges, the perfect way to make playing with words tons of fun for your kids.




chose the next group of products because they allow students to slow down and work on the all-important process while providing them with the opportunity to move. My all time fave, and most successful with my own students, is my Essay Revision Stations. You can use the stations any time kids are revising an essay. Precede it with my Essay Planning Stations, and you'll be reading the best essays ever! I also love my  narration or description stations, because they are fun way to zero in on the skills students need to write effectively in those forms of writing. 




This next group or lessons don't fit into a tidy category, but each one will help you teach your kids to be more effective writers. One of my favourite ways to teach writing is through the use of Mentor Texts, short passages that model various skills and techniques - you just need to print them off and you're ready to go! These texts pair well with the Writer's Notebook, which contains a huge pile of pages that focus on the elements of good writing - and it has a slide show to help you teach the lessons. Finally, there's my Writing & Research Reminder Booklets. I created them when I was feeling frustrated about the number of times I had to answer the same questions from my students. They just pop these in their binder and the answers are there at their fingertips!
















16 comments

  1. I own several of your writing products and have found them to be very useful. I'd love to collect even more, so thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad to hear the products have been useful.

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  2. I am so impressed with the quality of the materials. Everything that I have purchased from your store has been effective. You obviously use these products in your classroom! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Yes, everything gets tested first to see if it works!

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  3. As always, what an awesome post! Thank you so much for EVERYTHING you do to support teachers! Your help and hard work are so much appreciated. :-) I get your emails delivered to my personal and work email accounts, so I don't miss out on anything; you are so helpful and thorough. I regularly browse your store, read your blog posts from both sites, and follow your social media accounts (I mostly use Twitter). I swear my school needs to hire you to put on PD for our staff! Sorry...I swear I am not a stalker, even though I'm sounding like one now. :-) Really, though, I love all of your products! I've had my eye on your Learning Stations Mega Bundle for some time now...it looks AMAZING. Actually, everything in your store looks amazing! Each day I find myself adding more and more of your items into my cart...I can't decide, and I want to buy it all. :-) Tonight I just added the Figurative Language Challenges Bundle...kids are going to do awesome with these activites! The past few days of lesson tips and freebies to our emails have been great, too. Thank you so much, again, and keep up the great work! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone! :-)

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    1. You are so welcome, Tara. I'm so glad to be able to help.

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  4. I wish you taught next door to me! I always feel so refocused after reading yiur posts!

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  5. I love having so many options in one handy-dandy post! The products of yours that I already own have been fantastic, so I would love to use the gift card to add one of the bundles. :)

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  6. I follow you on Insta and Tpt, you're post are always inspirational! I have soooo many of your products in my Wishlist!! Fingers crossed I win a gift card so I can purchase soon

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  7. I have several of these already and added the rest to my wishlist! I love everything I have gotten from you. I’ll think of something I want to do and you’ve already done the hard part for me! Thank you for saving me hours upon hours of time!

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    1. You're welcome, Trish, and you're the winner!! Email me at room213custom@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you for the opportunity! I love your products!

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    1. Love your resources! However, I have added more of your resources to my Wish List, so I'd love to win. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  10. Thank you for sharing with what works in your classroom. You give me ideas and inspiration.

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