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johnskim 12-07-2011 12:57 PM

Fun Ideas for Different Types of Writing
Hi All,

This is my first year teaching 8th grade English classes. Last year, I taught first grade! This is so different for me.

I am hoping for fun innovative ideas, lessons, printables...etc. I have some students who talk about the English teacher from last year and how much fun his ideas were. I am hoping to do something fun with persuasive writing or any other type of writing.
Any ideas, advice!?

Wendy 31 12-20-2011 09:09 AM

Here's some ideas!
The author Barry Lane is an excellent resource. He has written some books for teachers that I utilize throughout the year. I especially like his book about persuasive writing, Why We Must Run With Scissors. and writing fix . com are both sites that I use.

My daughter wrote her autobiography in 8th grade. Her starting point was from an earlier project that was a creation of 50 memories. Each memory had to be one paragraph, include an illustration, and had to include one form of figurative language.

Students could create jingles for an advertisement, a brochure for a national park, or write an interview with a historical figure that is filled with factual dialogue.

Teach compare contrast with point/counterpoint poems and diamante poems that crossover into their science or history or compare characters from stories in LA. (Include sketches)

Hope this helps. :)

johnskim 12-31-2011 02:09 AM

Thanks! I am use your ideas.

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