Building Strong Writers in Middle School: Classroom-Ready Activities That Inspire Creativity and Support Core Standards

Building Strong Writers in Middle School: Classroom-Ready Activities That Inspire Creativity and Support Core Standards

by Jim Delisle, Deb Delisle

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Improve proficiency in core language arts concepts with 24 classroom-ready activities that align with Common Core State Standards. By engaging students in meaningful language arts activities that relate to their lives, teachers can promote authentic writing in which students explore their personal thoughts and beliefs, resulting in richer work. Complete with step-by-step directions and student examples—and developed and tested in public and private classrooms with students of varying abilities—Building Strong Writers in Middle School helps students understand themselves and one another more deeply, contemplate how their writing can affect the larger world, and express themselves in literary forms. With writing now being required across the curriculum, teaching language arts at the middle school level is more important than ever. Digital content includes reproducible handouts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575423708
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2011
Edition description: Book with Digital Content
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Deb Delisle has been an educator for more than thirty years and currently serves as Ohio’s State Superintendent of Education. Prior to that, she was a school superintendent, a curriculum director, an elementary principal, a teacher of primary and middle school kids, and a K–12 gifted coordinator. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief State School Officers and is coauthor of Growing Good Kids and numerous articles on gifted child education and reform-based education.

Jim Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than thirty years, including twenty-five years as a professor of special education at Kent State University. The author of more than 250 articles and fourteen books, he is a frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and emotional growth.

Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages

The Inviting Ways of Invitational Education
Using This Book
A Word About Holistic Evaluation
These Activities Align with the Common Core State Standards
Building an Appreciation for Writing

Writing to Get to Know Each Other

1. Getting to Know You—Better
2. Who Knew?
3. Visual Enigmas
4. That’s Just Like Me!
5. The Other Side of Me
6. Me in a Nutshell

Writing to Understand Ourselves

7. My Personal Quote Shield
8. The Pyramid of Personal Qualities
9. Lessons from Hogwarts
10. It Gives Me . . .
11. Telling Your Own Story
12. The ABCs of Journaling

Writing to Make a Difference

13. Help, Hope, Hurray!
14. The Cookbook of Life
15. Placing Thanks
16. W-A-A-A-A-A-Y Beyond Description
17. A Case of Vowel Play

Writing to Create Art

18. Fib’s Follies
19. It’s All Greek (or Latin, or Arabic . . .) to Me
20. Nanofiction
21. One Life, Six Words: Your Choice
22. I Got the English Class Blues
23. A Cento for Your Thoughts?
24. Poems for Shared Voices


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