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FreeReading is an open source instructional program that helps educators teach early literacy. Because it is open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. FreeReading contains Writing Activities, a page of activities to address important writing skills and strategies.
English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School
Grade 2, Grade 6
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Michael Moore on Nov 11, 10:19am

Great resource for general writing skills. It appears that many of the activities are geared for K-3, however they can easily be modified for older students as well. Lesson Plans, organizers and handouts are included and the site is well organized. For newer teachers looking for a program to get their writing classes started, this may be a good place to begin.

marcella koffler on Oct 18, 06:32pm

The writing lessons offered by FreeReading are comprehensive and well organized. The categories range in genres from composing an advertisement to writing a personal narrative. I liked how each writing activity/lesson is broken down into three sections; introduce, reintroduce and build mastery. The writing skill or strategy is introduced to the students using modeling, explicit instruction, and group practice where the teacher asks questions to guide the writing. The “reintroduce” section includes a brief review of the topic followed by addition writing practice either as a whole class or in small groups. The “building mastery” is independent practice. The lessons include suggestions to accommodate advanced students, struggling learners, and ELLs. The lessons include a topical graphic organizer to help students organize writing elements, a list of materials needed, and suggested reading when relevant. Some lessons also include writing samples and templates which is great for the younger grades. Most lessons are designated for grades K-3, however many of the graphic organizers can be used by upper elementary students and beyond for organizing writing projects. Emphasis on practice writing helps make the writing and thinking process visible. Overall a very worthwhile resource to explore and use.

user27031 on Nov 29, 03:55pm

This site is rich with writing lesson ideas and templates. Organized into three categories:
Introduce - students are introduced to writing skills through a variety of activities. Learner observes...does not actually write.
Reintroduce - students will complete a graphic organizer to practice the application of a writing skill.
Build Mastery - students will expand their knowledge of a writing skill by engaging in a variety of activities.
Target: for grades 1,2,3. CCSS scoring is based on: Reintroduce: Persuasive Paragraph
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