10 Easy Writing Lessons That Get Kids Ready for Writing Assessments: Proven Ways to Raise Your Students' Scores on the State Performance Assessments in Writing

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Scholastic Inc., 1999 - Education - 128 pages
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With these lessons, you've got what you need to teach students to write effectively and raise their test scores. Easy, sequential lessons mirror the kind of writing students will be asked to do on the tests. Through fun writing prompts such as memorable haircuts and how to eat an Oreo cookie, students learn to craft a five-paragraph essay, organize a story, write an effective expository piece, add elaborations, master persuasive writing, and more. For use with Grades 3-6.

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This book is a fantastic step by step approach that gets kids writing solid 5 paragraph essays. The topics are fun and interesting for students and really gets them motivated to write. By the time you ... Read full review

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Fantastic book! I teach 4th grade Writing in Texas and use these lessons every year. I highly recommend it as it's very teacher-friendly to use and extremely motivational for students! Marsha in Texas


Introducing the FiveParagraph Essay
Using a Graphic Organizer to Plan for Writing
Writing in a Circle for Effective Endings
Introducing Howto Writing
Adding Expository Elaborations
Writing Dialogue
Introducing Persuasive Writing
Adding Elaboration to Familiar Stories
Recognizing the Elements of Good Writing
Writing Across the Curriculum
Recognizing Prompts
Skills to Practice All Year Long

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Mary Rose received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. She has been a classroom teacher for 37 years and is currently teaching fourth grade in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. She is active in state and national assessment projects, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP - the "Nation's Report Card") and the New Standards Project. She has been trained as a scorer for the Florida State Writing Assessment and helped to write the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. She presents at state and national conferences and is a national consultant on improving scores on writing assessments.

Mary Rose is a contributor to Storyworks and Instructor magazines and is the author of eight books, all published by Scholastic.

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