15 Easy Lessons That Build Basic Writing Skills in Grades K-2

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Scholastic Inc., 2002 - Education - 96 pages
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Put your students on the road to success with these easy lessons that build basic writing skills and get kids ready for the standardized tests. These hands-on activities teach punctuation, capitalization, sequencing, and much more. Students learn about periods by mini "stop signs" at the end of sentences in the morning message, identify main idea by brainstorming titles to stories, and use graphic organizers to plan their own stories.
 

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Contents

Foreword
5
Introduction
6
The Basic Skills
7
Good Morning Greetings
9
Using a Format for Good Morning Greetings Skill Focus Including an Introduction Body and Closing
13
Choosing a Title Skill Focus Identifying Main Idea
20
Building an Awareness of Punctuation Skill Focus Using End Punctuation
24
Writing Experience Stories and Other Simple Writing Forms
29
FiveSentence Essays for Early Writers Skill Focus Using a Graphic Organizer as a Planning Tool
57
Writing FieldTrip Reports Skill Focus Developing Main Ideas
65
Summarizing IndependentReading Books Skill Focus Summarizing Text
69
IndependentWriting Activities
73
Journal Writing Skill Focus Developing Selfexpression
74
Identifying Character Traits Skill Focus Inferring Information About Characters
77
Writing on an Assigned Topic Skill Focus Responding to a Prompt
80
Extending and Developing an Essay Skill Focus Adding Extensions
84

Writing Experience Stories Skill Focus Writing Personal Narratives
30
Editing Written Work Skill Focus Editing to Improve Writing
36
Embellished Retelling of Familiar Stories Skill Focus Sequencing Events
39
Composing the Afternoon News Skill Focus Writing With Voice
44
Beginning Independent Writing
49
ChildWritten Afternoon News Skill Focus Word Choice
50
Evaluating Student Work
89
Kindergarten Writing Rubric
91
FirstGrade Writing Rubric
92
SecondGrade Writing Rubric
93
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Sarah Benor, Mary Rose, Devyani Sharma, Julie Sweetland, and Qing Zhang are in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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