Break-Up Conversation

To practice punctuating dialogue, the kids wrote break-up conversations.  Here is one that plays with words beautifully.  It may not be perfectly written, but this was done in a few minutes without out being edited.img_6851



Sentence Wars

On Fridays, we have started having Sentence Wars where students work together to create the most correctly written sentences using the focus skill of the week.  In order for a sentence to “count,” it must be written correctly including punctuation.  Winning students get to put their names on the door as recognition.

Once the students turn their sentences in, they continue using the focus skill in their writing journals.  First, they find examples of the focus skill in previous journal entries or they edit a previous entry to include the focus skill.  Then, they have time to write a new new entry or to continue the previous entry making sure to include examples of the focus skill.  While they are writing, I have time to check their sentences to find the winning group.  This last time, we had a group in one class that had 12 out of 15 correct sentences, but we had one group that had 11 sentences in total and all were correct.  To celebrate the care that the second group took, members of both groups were able to put their names on the door.

To increase the challenge, I am going to start giving my advanced classes subjects and verbs that are more random.  This will force them to write better sentences as they have to provide more context to their sentences.




Directions given to the kids each Friday.


Picture of the door–can’t figure out why it gets rotated when uploaded to the blog. Sorry.

Halloween is Just Around the Corner: ELA Lesson Ideas

Students love Halloween, so here are some lesson ideas to celebrate while still meeting the standards.

Two Sentence Horror Stories Great for practicing sentence structures.

Photos of Abandoned Places Great for creative writing prompt, making inferences, descriptive writing, brainstorming descriptive words while focusing on connotations.

21 Scary Short Stories List of 21 short stories for reading.

Grocery Story Banning Egg Sales to Minors Leading Up to Halloween  Students can write an argument piece about whether they agree with this or not.

Monster Adjectives-Have students draw a detailed monster.  Then, they should fill the space around the monster with powerful adjectives.

Halloween Cartoon Blank Use with writing dialogue

Making Inferences Using Comics and Interpreting Comics

Calvin and Hobbes

How’d you get so much candy…

Ralph and Chuck

Top 15 Peanuts Halloween Comics