Recipes Tagged ‘writing

This is a simple idea. Why not have your students make and write nice Christmas cards for each other? Simply use these templates or have them draw their own. First, review how to write a card by doing one as a whole class on the board. This will give them an idea of the appropriate […]

Telling stories is great in the classroom. Add a little “imagination” and chance and you have a great recipe! Story Dominoes is a great concept. Just get a lot of varying pictures. Cut them up and students in groups of three/four, use them to tell “random” stories. One student turns over a card to begin. […]

      The Society for Technical Communication’s award-winning  Technical Literacy Project adapts many real-world science instructions and descriptions for use in high-school science classes.  These cases gradually build student writing skills by revising, correcting, or expanding scaffolded, sequenced text samples adapted from practical materials outside the classroom.   Such structured technical-writing practice is especially  […]

This is an excellent writing exercise, getting students to increase the length of their sentences and beginning to use clauses. Write a simple sentence on the board. Students copy it. Ex. The dog ran.  Ask the students questions and the students after each question must rewrite the sentence, answering the question. Ex. Where? The dog […]

  This is a very simple way to brainstorm and practice    vocabulary. Alphabet organizing!   Simply use this handy organizer and get the students to list all the vocab for a certain topic (at the beach, at the restaurant, animals, jobs etc…). Afterwards, you can use this for assessment or simply play a game of […]

There are many ways to teach writing but one way that I really think provides enough structure for beginning and developing writers is guided writing. Give students a text with words missing (usually nouns). In groups or pairs they can complete the text together, guessing the words to be filled in. Better yet, if the […]

   Foldables are a great way to make your lessons “active” and also more about fostering thinking skills. They can be of all sorts. Just start with a piece (or pieces) of paper and get the students folding and labeling.  Like HERE. They can be as elaborate as Accordion Books or as simple as a 4 […]

This is a nice way to get students to know each other.   Make a quick organizer for writing. Have the students fold an A4 “hamburger” like, 4 times. They will have 8 lines for writing when they unfold it. They must write 8 sentences about themselves, all beginning with “I am….”.  Teacher monitors.  Next, […]

Writing storybooks is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll use my own Mr. X’s incredible Day/Yesterday as an example. Get the ppt/video here […]

Cellphones are the imbilical cord of today’s youth. Instead of fighting against them, let’s use this interest to get them learning English! Transl8it.com allows the teacher to enter English text and then get the “text message” equivalent. Simply copy this and handout to students. The students look at the text messaging and “decode” this into […]


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