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Writing doesn't have to be 'boring'

One of the most challenging tasks of teaching students to write a particular genre is instilling a passion for it. A majority of students find writing tedious, time-consuming, and just plain old boring. Teachers too often dread marking work of these 'reluctant' writers. We often go on about drilling students on the different stages of the writing process, adhering to the structure of the required genre, and stressing on the importance of using figurative language devices in a piece of writing, but how often do we actually painstakingly  model each phase or each device that intricately makes up the coherent whole?

When I started designing my units on the Narrative, Opinion, and Non-fiction (Biography) genre, I envisioned the entire process from start to finish, and being an avid user of interactive notebooks, set about designing lessons accordingly. I designed from a student writer's perspective, how would I begin? where would I start? So I decided to write mentor texts and have most of my lessons revolve around them.


The personal narrative entitled 'The Storm' had all the story elements of a personal/fictional narrative, and notebook templates featured destructuring the parts of a narrative so students could note structural devices.

The different ways to begin:

The mini lessons on dialogue, transition words, and figurative language devices equipped students with necessary tools to write effectively.

 The ways to conclude:

And finally students applied key writing skills acquired in these lessons to write a first draft on a given prompt in a flip book-style notebook interactive.

Students self-edited and peer edited using rubrics. A teacher marking rubric was used to assess their writing pieces.

With the Opinion Writing genre, interactive notebook lessons revolved around color coded parts of persuasive paragraphs in the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of a written sample. Students used checklists to edit and peer-edit and have their writing pieces assessed by the teacher via a Teacher Assessment rubric.

Lessons on writing a Biography detailed documenting information gained through research in a flipbook. The flipbook sections featured each stage of the writing process and guided students to respond accordingly.

Notebook templates outlined the structural devices of a Biography.

Students used QR Code Cards to research the specific subject. They had so much fun!

It's quite hard to explain the mechanics of all the lessons in this 310 page book that have proved to be so instrumental in not only making my students better writers, but also developing in them a lifelong passion for writing. Now, isn't this every educator's fervent hope?

Time to reward your students

Your students have perhaps worked very hard so far - given their best effort, consistently submitted their homework, showed random acts of kindness, aced their tests, or just given it their best shot. Think about it, each one of them is unique and deserves a  special award to show they are appreciated. Each one of them is deserving of something, so why not award your students with these meaningful award certificates - best of all these 80 awards are editable giving you the flexibility to customize each one with your own special message. Your students will know it's you!

Fonts: "Growing Bundle of Fab Fonts"

Don't you just love fonts? They don't just transform mundane content and make it more appealing to the visual senses, but could also very well play a key role in the likelihood of a sale transaction occurring.

Well, I am in the process of compiling this 100 fab font bundle.

You can buy this bundle now at the current price and get the rest of the fonts when I upload them. You will get a variety of fabulous fonts to make your products just POP!