Category Archives: Lesson of the Month


April K-1 Lesson of the Month


For this month’s K-1 lesson, let’s create a class book based on Sue William’s book, I Went Walking and the NO GO word cards. Here’s what you’ll do: First, read the book by Sue Williams entitled, I Went Walking, to the children. Point out how the character walks all around and finds many animals of […]

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April Lesson of the Month – Revising for Success!


Any writing teachers out there who don’t have writing assessments on their minds? If you teach writing in a tested grade, it probably never strays far from your thoughts. Often times, at this point in the year, you feel as if you’ve done all you can do and now it is up to the students. […]

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February Lesson of the Month – How to Babysit “Grandpa/Grandma”


Some of the greatest memories for most of us are the times spent with our grandparents. I love to think back on the pleasant, and sometimes goofy, experiences I had visiting my grandparent’s house. I would sit on the back of the couch, with my grandfather seated in front of me. I tied his hair […]

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February K-1 Lesson of the Month – Suspense with Prepositional Phrases


This month’s lesson combines suspense with prepositional phrases. First, read a book to the children in which the author uses a variety of prepositional phrases. Some suggested titles are: Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstein, (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971), Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, Alladin, 1971), or Around the […]

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January Lesson of the Month – BURRR!


My favorite time of year is when it’s cold outside and I am curled up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. For many of you, the cold lasts way too long for you to love it. In Texas, we get just the right amount. The cold and snow always bring about a […]

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December Lesson of the Month – Dream Big!


Let’s dream and dream big! December is a special time for kids to “wish upon a star”, “dream the impossible dream,” or “hope against hope” for the big gift. This month the students will research their dream destination or ambitious activity they have forever wished for and put it into writing, including facts about the […]

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K-1 December Lesson of the Month


Best wishes to all of you from all of us at Empowering Writers. December is that time of year when children begin dreaming about what they want for holiday gifts, what they hope to do over the winter break, or where they wish they could visit on their school holiday! For some, this will only […]

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November Lesson of the Month – Cut and Paste – Inside Out


Time marches on! Here we are already in November and the writing process should be in full swing! This month, the lessons will stress the reading/writing connection. Students will be creating a Cut and Paste activity, only they will be combining several skills to piece together the activity. It is important to emphasize elaboration using […]

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October Lesson of the Month – Spooky Snapshot


Lesson of the Month – Spooky Snapshot It’s a fact that elaborative detail brings writing to life. Often times, student’s writing samples lack elaboration. They add a string of adjectives, size or color words, or a repetitive series of words to strengthen their sentiments, none of which enhance the story.  In this lesson, students will […]

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October K-1 Lesson of the Month – Suspense Haunted House


1) Read a book about a haunted house to the students. A suggested list of books is provided, but also check out your school library for more titles. At the Old Haunted House by Helen Kettleman, (Two Lions Publishing) Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne, (Random House Books for Young Readers) The Haunted […]

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Lesson of the Month – August 2015


Lesson of the Month – Interactive Genre Study One of the first strategic skills taught to all writers in every grade level is genre. Students must have a clear understanding of the different types of writing to support their own text as well as to inform their reading comprehension. In this lesson, students will categorize […]

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Summer Musings – A collection of Summer Writing Activities


Click here to download the summer activities   Summer conjures up images of lazy sun-filled days, hanging around the pool and splashing at the lake or beach.  But both parents and teachers worry that all of this carefree summer fun causes a little brain-drain – and kids tend to backslide on the skills they’ve worked […]

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