Teachers Pay Teachers is a wonderful website I've begun selling on in the past couple of months. It's been amazing to see what some of the other teachers and sellers on the site have come up with. Myself and my editor friend Ashley Daoust decided to start writing some reviews of a few of the free and premium products on this fantastic site. We hope you enjoy them!
By promoting literacy for children with short manageable stories, Knowonder Magazine is successful at making reading a daily habit for kids. The store Brain Candy for Young Scholars offers a brain teaser and vocabulary building packet called Back to School Brain Teaser and Vocabulary Builder that allows students to learn new words and get practice planning and writing essays. For teachers looking to give their students practice with poetry, short stories and short narrative writing during the winter time, Winter Creative Writing Activities is a fantastic resource.
Limericks are funny and teaching students about them can be even funnier on St. Patrick's Day with the Laughing at Limericks handout. For students who are equal parts craft fiend and writing extraordinaire, test out the My Pet Monster Craftivity to satisfy their dual creative desires. For some writing prompts during the month of November, teachers can use the November Creative Writing Prompts activity to supplement a classroom's writing workshop.
By combining both visual and written creativity, Shape Writing is a successful activity that adds a new aspect to traditional writing assignments. Teaching how to properly create a paragraph and edit? The Paragraph Writing Hamburger Style assignment will serve both angles. Deep Memory Poem is a 60- to 90-minute assignment that helps students craft a personal poem based on memory.
Help your students to develop their understanding of character development using the Character Sketch activity on Teachers Pay Teachers. Promote higher-level thinking and writing skills with the Squiggles and Giggles activity. With 26 full pages of word-related activities, the Finding Words Literacy Pack can help students to build vocabulary and write in an interesting way.
Any writer could benefit from this very handy list of words that will help improve word choice. There are all sorts of fun ideas for using blank postcards at home or in the classroom – what will you do with them? Sometimes haiku gets all the good press, but students who learn pensee poem writing will have a leg up in the structured poetry world.
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.