6th Grade Writing Scope & Sequence NOW Available!

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Hi, friends.  How is your summer going?  Hopefully you've had a little time to relax and enjoy some time with friends and family! On a side note, this school year I will once again return to blogging at least twice a month, with a particular focus on grammar.  I'll be starting at a new school, … [Continue reading]

7th Grade Writing Scope & Sequence

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Do you know someone who needs help implementing all of the wonderful strategies from Gretchen Bernabei?  Could that person be YOU? If you answered yes to either question, I have a little something for you!  I just finished a scope and sequence for 7th grade that uses Fun Size Academic Writing for … [Continue reading]

FREE Resources From Me to YOU!

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It's been awhile since I posted.  I've been so busy creating resources for my kiddos, that I've totally forgotten to blog about some of them and share them with you! First up: Sentence Wringer Document This is a chart I made for my classroom from Gretchen Bernabei's book, Grammar Keepers.  If … [Continue reading]

How to Add Topic and Concluding Sentences

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Do your kids struggle with adding sentences to an already written paper?  AKA...the revising portion of STAAR! I've put together a slide show that might just help!  This one is all about adding a sentence to state the central topic in the introduction and a concluding sentence at the very … [Continue reading]

Expository Writing with Quality Details

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Ever since TEA came out with the new STAAR Writing specs, people have been a little worried about this whole expository thing.  I'll admit it...I am, too.  Why?  Because our kids do SOOOO much better with narrative writing, that's why! But...BUT...that's what our kiddos are required to do, so we … [Continue reading]

Expository Samples – Our Favorite Time of Year

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Well, hello there!  I promised you that I would post more writing samples before the holidays...so I'm keeping up with my end of the bargain! As soon as we came back from Thanksgiving break, my students were challenged with coming up with their own text structures for their next piece of writing. … [Continue reading]