Real-Life Writing Activities for Grades 4-9

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This ready-to-use resource provides 40 complete model and writing lessons that capture students' attention, build their writing skills, and teach them a writing process (motivation, brainstorming, composing, revising, and publishing) that will serve them throughout their lives.
The lessons/activities are designed for young authors in grades 4 through 9 who are just learning the composing process, as well as for advanced writers who are ready to experiment with a variety of ...

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Overview

This ready-to-use resource provides 40 complete model and writing lessons that capture students' attention, build their writing skills, and teach them a writing process (motivation, brainstorming, composing, revising, and publishing) that will serve them throughout their lives.
The lessons/activities are designed for young authors in grades 4 through 9 who are just learning the composing process, as well as for advanced writers who are ready to experiment with a variety of writing and speaking genres. They feature a wide range of practical writing tasks students can easily relate to their own lives.

For easy use, all materials are printed in a big 8 1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding that folds flat for photocopying of the writing formats and evaluative checklists that accompany many of the lessons, and are arranged developmentally into five sections. Here's just a sample of what each section offers:

1. Descriptive Compositions for Young Authors: "People/Fact Hunt"..."Consumer Survey"..."Captions"..."Letter of Introduction to My Next Teacher"...:Restaurant Review Checklist"..."Horoscope"

2. Directional Compositions for Young Authors: "Advice to Next Year's Class"..."Treasure Map Directions"..."Friendship Recipe"..."Cheer-Up Checklist"..."Medical Guide"..."Advice Column Solution Letter"

3. Persuasive Compositions for Young Authors: "Apology/ApologyNote"..."Travel Brochure"..."Movie.VideoReview"..."Sympathy Message"..."Bill of Rights"..."Letter of Complaint"..."Eulogy"

4. Marrative Compositions for Young Authors: "Good News/Bad News Tale"..."Mystery/Whodunit"

5. Poems & Songs for Young Authors: "Simple Chant"..."Five-Line Poem"..."Comparison Poem"..."Auto/Bio Poem"..."Modern Nursery Rhymes"

All lessons provide step-by-step instructions, including alternative motivators, examples of what to say to elicit students' response and what to write on the chalkboard, and suggestions for responding to students' writing in a way that will encourage them.

You'll also find the lessons are ideally flexible. You may follow the steps in each Real-Life Writing lesson just as described or add, omit, and/or change parts to fit your students' knowledge, skills, or interests and/or your curriculum needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130449795
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2002
  • Edition description: Grades 4-9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.23 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cherlyn Sunflower is Associate Professor of Education at Moorhead State University in Minnesota where she teaches elementary language arts courses. She previously taught grades K-6 and resource room in Austin, Texas, Public Schools. Dr. Sunflower is also the author of 75 Creative Ways to Publish Students' Writings and Really Writing! Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for the Elementary Grades.

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Table of Contents

About This Resource.

Tips for Using Real-Life Writing Activities.

Section 1. Descriptive Compositions for Young Authors.

Lesson 1. People/Fact Hunt.

Lesson 2. Autograph/Memory Book.

Lesson 3. Captions.

Lesson 4. Consumer Survey.

Lesson 5. Consumer's/Buyer's Guide.

Lesson 6. Letter of Introduction.

Lesson 7. Report Card/Parent Conference Letter to Parents.

Lesson 8. Restaurant Review Checklist.

Lesson 9. Horoscope.

Lesson 10. Sports Account/Article.

Lesson 11. Advice-Column Problem Letter.

Section 2. Directional Compositions for Young Authors.

Lesson 12. Advice to Next Year's Class.

Lesson 13. Treasure Map Directions.

Lesson 14. Friendship Recipe.

Lesson 15. Travel Directions.

Lesson 16. Cheer-up Checklist.

Lesson 17. Medical Guide.

Lesson 18. Advice-Column Solution Letter.

Lesson 19. Stress Diet.

Section 3. Persuasive Compositions for Young Authors.

Lesson 20. Apology/Apology Note.

Lesson 21. Travel Brochure.

Lesson 22. Personal decision-making.

Lesson 23. Movie/Video Review.

Lesson 24. Request for Financial Support.

Lesson 25. Sympathy Message.

Lesson 26. Compliments.

Lesson 27. Letter of Compliant.

Lesson 28. Restaurant Review.

Lesson 29. Bill of Rights.

Lesson 30. Eulogy.

Lesson 31. Letters to Our Troops.

Lesson 32. Petition.

Lesson 33. Weekly/End-of-Year Evaluation.

Section 4. Narrative Compositions for Young Authors.

Lesson 34. Good News/Bad News Tale.

Lesson 35. Mystery/Whodunit.

Section 5. Poems and Songs for Young Authors.

Lesson 36. Simple Chant.

Lesson 37. Five-Line Poem.

Lesson 38. Comparison Poem.

Lesson 39. Auto/Bio Poem.

Lesson 40. Modern Nursery Rhymes.

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