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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Sentence Quest: Using Parts of Speech to Write Descriptive Sentences
    Students learn about sentences by listing verbs, nouns, and adjectives. They use word cards to create descriptive sentences and work in groups to create the longest sentences they can.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems
    Writing, revising, and publishing are just a few of the tasks students will complete in order to take their cause-and-effect diamante poems from an idea to a reality.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations
    "2-4-6-8, students will be spelling great" in this lesson that teaches the y rule for adding suffixes through cheering the spelling of words aloud, word sorts, and writing stories.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles
    Students observe how language features vary when shifting from an informal to a formal style or vice versa. By engaging in style shifting in both speech and writing, students become aware of how we all change language styles depending on the contexts in which we are speaking or writing.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan
    The Magic of Three: Techniques for the Writer's Craft
    Students learn to use tricolons—a writer's technique of putting words and phrases into groups of threes—to add rhythm and power to their writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play
    What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The Passion of Punctuation
    Using published writers' texts and students' own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    To Grammar or Not to Grammar: That Is Not the Question!
    Argues that, taught in the context of writing, grammar can enhance and improve students' writing. Offers classroom examples showing how: good preparation for writing fosters good grammar and detail; students can use grammatical and syntactic constructions used by professional authors as models for their own writing; and how to help students learn revision strategies at the sentence and paragraph level.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones
    The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.

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