Writing Resources for Teaching Bright Beginnings and Exciting Endings
WFSG 2009-2010

These documents were used by our Whole Faculty Study Group this year for teaching writing to our students:

Bright Beginnings: List of picture books to use as examples(Pdf)

Exciting Endings: List of picture books to use as examples(Pdf)

Four Square Graphic Organizer: Guided (Pdf)

Four Square Graphic Organizer: Open-ended (Pdf)

Five Paragraph Essay Organizer (Pdf)

Topic Sentence-Details-Conclusion Organizer (Pdf)

Topic Sentence-Details-Conclusion Organizer in Spanish


Writing Resources for Teachers

Writing Prompts for Primary and Upper Elementary Students

501 Writing Prompts (3-12):  http://www.misd.net/languageart/GrammarInAction/501WritingPrompts.pdf

The Writing Site (1-5):  http://www.thewritingsite.org/resources/prompts/primary.asp 

Persuasive Writing Prompts (3-5):  http://www2.asd.wednet.edu/pioneer/barnard/wri/per.htm

Expository Writing Prompts (3-5):  http://www2.asd.wednet.edu/pioneer/barnard/wri/exp.htm

Creative Writing Prompts updated daily
Ink Provoking (2-5):  http://www.inkprovoking.com/09-27-09.html

Interactive Writing Prompts
The Writing Fix (K-5):  http://writingfix.com/index.htm 
Printable Writing Prompts (2-6)
Young Writers Workshop:  http://www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html

Writing Topics by Grade Level (1-12)
The Write Source - Writing Topics:  http://thewritesource.com/writing_topics/

Creative way to generate story starters; may also select writing format (K-6)
Story Starters Scholastic:  http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/writing.htm

An extensive list of prompts (1-6)
Elementary Writing Prompts:  http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html

6+1 Traits Lessons and Other Lesson Resources
Includes prompts, word games, punctuation lessons, grammar lessons, tools for writers
Education Northwest (K-12) http://apps.educationnorthwest.org/traits/lessonplans.php

Writing Fix (K-5):  http://www.writingfix.com/

DPI Writing Strategies (1-5):  http://www.learnnc.org/lp/people/377

Stimulating creativity
Teaching resources including prompts, activities, PowerPoints (4-12)
Write On Jefferson County:  http://jc-schools.net/write/

ThinkQuest; includes the History of Writing, The Writing Process, Forms of Writing, Punctuation and more  (5-12)
Write On: http://library.thinkquest.org/J001156/writing.htm

Ideas for activities to foster writing readiness (K-1)
Fun Activities to Promote Writing Skills:  http://www.geometry.net/basic_k/kindergarten_writing_activities.php

Graphic Organizers

Writing Fun (1-5):  http://www.writingfun.com/

Graphic Organizers (1-5):  http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/graphic/graphic.htm

Poetry Writing

All Together Collaborations in Poetry (K-2):  http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=301

 Writing Poetry for Elementary Grade Levels (3-6):  http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000021.shtml

 Poetry (K-12):  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

Figurative Language

Lessons and ideas for teaching figurative language

Figurative Language (3-5):  http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/20-language-arts/343-figurative-language.html

Using Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques (2-5):  http://shutta.com/littechniqueswithPBs.pdf

General Resources

Using picture books to teach skills
Picture This (K-5):  http://www.lebanon.k12.mo.us/profdev/picturethis_20050406.pdf

Publishing Resources
The Write Source (1-12):  http://thewritesource.com/publish/
Online Student Publishing and Writing Resources (K-12):  http://www.publishingstudents.com/Online%20resources.html

(The ideas for the organization came from this website by Lee' Summit, MO R-7 School District:  General Resource for Formatting RC Resource Page:  http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/writing.htm )