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Judith M Darling - Razzle Dazzle Learning

I am a firm believer in students being interactive and independent learners. Children feel empowered when they know what the learning expectations are, how their work is going to be evaluated, and by being allowed to grade their own work. That is why ALL of my language arts writing products provide students with student directed writing rubrics and scoring guides.

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I am a firm believer in students being interactive and independent learners. Children feel empowered when they know what the learning expectations are, how their work is going to be evaluated, and by being allowed to grade their own work. That is why ALL of my language arts writing products provide students with student directed writing rubrics and scoring guides.
EXPOSITORY FREE LESSON PLAN - Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
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EXPOSITORY FREE LESSON PLAN - Writing a Descriptive Paragraph

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This expository FREE creative writing lesson is student directed because it guides the students through the process of writing a descriptive paragraph, up to and including grading their own final paper before turning it in for teacher evaluation. The lesson includes: 1. How to begin teaching paragraphing 2. How to present the lesson 3. How to grade the final paper 4. Instruction on writing paragraphs 5. The parts and types of paragraphs 6. A paragraph guide for writing the paragraph 7. An Example of what a good descriptive paragraph looks like 8. Two scoring rubrics for assessing a paragraph "Love the Daily Dazzle materials! I have used them for years now and there is nothing better for language arts. This year I purchased the writing materials, Creative Writing, Expository Writing, and The book on How to Really Teach Writing and they are just amazing. I will not teach without them!" -- Jackie Knupp Johnson, Alaska State Teacher of the Year, 2010
FREE CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN - Speed Writing
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FREE CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN - Speed Writing

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This FREE. STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan increases fluency and is fun. It is a perfect beginning of the week activity to wake up the writing juices, or to use when there is extra time left and you have nothing to fill it with. Students really enjoy speed writing! The Lesson Plan includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
Design Your Own Tree House-CC Aligned Interactive Weekly Writing Notebook Lesson
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Design Your Own Tree House-CC Aligned Interactive Weekly Writing Notebook Lesson

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DESIGN YOUR OWN TREE HOUSE In this challenging CC aligned topic , students will be designing and building the perfect tree house. Because it is a fantasy tree house students can dream big. Make it really special with cool rooms, a fancy stairway, electricity, and in a special tree. They can build it in their backyard, in the woods, at their vacation house, in the mountains, at a friends house, or any place where they would most like to have a tree house. Students will draw a floor plan and a picture of their tree house and write a story to explain how they were able to build their treehouse. They will pre-write, write a rough draft, edit, and turn in a final, student graded, story with a floor plan and picture. Included in each lesson is: The Common Core Alignment Teacher Instructions Student Instructions Pre-writing Brainstorming rubric with examples Rough Draft Ideas rubric with examples Final Draft rubric An Illustration rubric A student and teacher grading rubric
THE LITTLE BOOK ON HOW TO REALLY TEACH EXPOSITORY WRITING
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THE LITTLE BOOK ON HOW TO REALLY TEACH EXPOSITORY WRITING

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LEARN HOW TO SYSTEMATICALLY AND EFFECTIVELY TEACH EXPOSITORY WRITING TO CHILDREN. Including: 1. Providing reason for writing 2. Learning how to tap into students' memory banks 3. Investing students in the topic by forming a thought provoking question 4. Providing students with expository writing steps 5. Providing students with the editing guide 6. Providing students with a worksheet for breaking their essays into paragraphs 7. Types of expository essays with topics 8. Scoring rubrics
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #8 A Fairy Tale From a Different Point of View
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #8 A Fairy Tale From a Different Point of View

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson introduces the story elements, teaches students how to use a plot graph, and encourages students to use higher level thinking skills by looking at a story from a different point of view. This lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. Description of the story elements of fiction 4. A story elements plot graph 5. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 6. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 7. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 8. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #14 Ship Wrecked
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #14 Ship Wrecked

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson is a favorite with students. They are asked to make basic life decisions concerning themselves and others when they find themselves shipwrecked at sea. Who will be rescued? It really makes students think about what they would do in a life-threatening situation, and they loved being able to make choices about an ultimate outcome. This lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing). 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
EXPOSITORY LESSON PLAN 5 -Writing a Personal Narrative Essay
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EXPOSITORY LESSON PLAN 5 -Writing a Personal Narrative Essay

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This expository personal narrative essay writing lesson asks students to write about a personal event in their lives. It guides students through the process of breaking their writing down into paragraphs. It uses brainstorming, paragraphing and scoring rubrics to guide students through the process of writing their essay about their personal event or experience. It includes having students grade their own final paper before turning it in for teacher evaluation. The lesson includes: 1. How to begin teaching paragraphing 2. How to present the lesson 3. How to grade the final paper 4. Instruction on writing paragraphs 5. The parts and types of paragraphs 6. Three graphic Idea organizers 7. An Example of what a completed essay looks like once the paragraphs are all put together 8. A paragraph organizer 9. Two scoring rubrics for assessing the final essay
Survival Of The Fittest - CC Aligned Weekly Interactive Writing Notebook Lesson
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Survival Of The Fittest - CC Aligned Weekly Interactive Writing Notebook Lesson

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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST For this harrowingly scary and exciting CC aligned topic, students are to imagine they are lost. While lost they only have three tools or things available (which they will be able to choose) to help them survive for the next two week. They will describe how they are able to survive and live to tell the story. They can really be creative in this story by thinking outside of the box and making where they were lost someplace no one would think of. Students will be guided through the entire writing process using the following rubrics with appropriate examples to help them be successful: Prewriting Brainstorming Rubric with list of materials they can choose from and helpful examples for coming up with ideas to formulate their story Rough Draft Idea Brainstorming Rubric with examples Rough Draft Rubric Final Draft Rubric Illustration Rubric Student and Teacher Grading Rubric
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #31 Ice Cream Cone
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #31 Ice Cream Cone

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In this STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan students describe eating an ice cream cone by not using conventional ice cream cone vocabulary, but instead they are asked to us an expanded vocabulary. It helps students understand the importance of vocabulary in their writing. The Lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
FREE CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN    Wanted Poster - a great holiday lesson
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FREE CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN Wanted Poster - a great holiday lesson

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In this lesson students think of something they really want then write a story about why they want it, what they have to do to get it, and what they will do with it once they have it. It is interactive because they brainstorm, write in paragraphs, edit, and grade their own paper before turning it in. The lesson includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the students personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the student's through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson Quote: "I love the Razzle Dazzle materials! I have used them for years now and there is nothing better for language arts. This year I purchased the writing materials: Creative Writing, Expository Writing, and The Book on How to Really Teach Writing and they are just amazing. I will not teach without them!" -- Jackie Knupp Johnson, Alaska State Teacher of the Year, 2010 Please note that this material is formally copyrighted by the US Copyright Office and all copyright rules and laws apply.
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #18 One Good Thing
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #18 One Good Thing

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson asks students to think in a philanthropic way about one good thing they could do for themselves, their family, a friend, the state, the United States, animals, plants, the environment or mankind. This lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #29 Survival in the Wilderness
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #29 Survival in the Wilderness

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This STUDENT DIRECTED lesson plan may be used to integrate literature into writing about survival. It includes a critical question to prompt students and allows them to choose from a list, four items that they think will be most helpful in ensuring they survive being lost. This lesson forces students to think critically. The Lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #28 Describe a Picture
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #28 Describe a Picture

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In this STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan students describe a picture in which they use appropriate location terminology so anyone reading the description can envision the picture. It is also a good way to teach art appreciation. The Lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
EXPOSITORY LESSON PLAN 1 - Writing a Narrative Paragraph
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EXPOSITORY LESSON PLAN 1 - Writing a Narrative Paragraph

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This expository writing lesson uses brainstorming, paragraphing, and scoring rubrics to guide the students through the process of writing a narrative paragraph about an experience they had with an animal. Students will grade their own final paper before turning it in for teacher evaluation. The lesson includes: 1. How to begin teaching paragraphing 2. How to present the lesson 3. How to grade the final paper 4. Instruction on writing paragraphs 5. The parts and types of paragraphs 6. A paragraph guide for writing a narrative paragraph 7. An Example of what a good descriptive paragraph looks like 8. Two scoring rubrics for assessing a paragraph
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON Plan # 21 Pick and Choose Story
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON Plan # 21 Pick and Choose Story

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan teaches students to think independently by picking ideas from a list of characters, settings, and situations which they use to build their own story. This lesson can be used time and again by simply changing the story elements. The Lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
EXPOSITORY INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY CAUSE EFFECT ESSAY 6 - 8TH GRADE-CC Aligned
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EXPOSITORY INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY CAUSE EFFECT ESSAY 6 - 8TH GRADE-CC Aligned

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This 6-8th grade Informative/Explanatory Cause/Effect essay asks students to pick a topic they are studying in any one of their classes that has a distinct cause and effect that they could discuss and write about. It is student and teacher evaluated and includes the following informational requirements to be graded: 1. Introduction - clearly states topic and organizes reasons and evidence for cause/effect of the topic 2. Body - elaborates on the cause/effect topic using facts definitions and details. Uses appropriate transitions to clarify the relationship of ideas and concepts 3. Conclusion - provides a concluding statement that follows the information presented 5. Vocabulary - uses precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform or explain topic 6. Essay clearly and coherently written and formatted as specified by the teacher 7. Editing - using the writing process to include planning, drafting, revising, peer editing, and rewriting as required by the teacher 8. Conventions - Thought was put into conventions The lesson is designed so the teacher/student can pick the topic according to what is being taught. The lesson can be applied to many topics and used again and again. This lesson is CC aligned for those teachers that need an alignment. If you don't, then please disregard the alignment and have fun teaching writing. The scoring rubric should be presented to the students at the beginning of the lesson so students know what the expectations are, and that it will be self-graded before they turn it into the teacher for the final evaluation. The scoring rubric takes the subjectivity out of grading and makes it even for all of the students. Students are able to decide the grade they would like to make on their paper. Included in the lesson: 1. The lesson plan including the objectives, parts of the narrative essay, and the steps for writing a narrative essay 2. Deciding on a topic organizer 3. The idea organizer including a sample organizer and a blank one 4. The cause/effect list organizer example and a blank one 5. The paragraph organizer that guides the students through each paragraph with brief examples 6. The student-directed scoring guide This lesson is formally copyrighted by the US Copyright Office and all copyright rules and laws apply.
EXPOSITORY INFORMATIONAL COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY 6 - 8th Grade  CC Aligned
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EXPOSITORY INFORMATIONAL COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY 6 - 8th Grade CC Aligned

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This 6 - 8th grade Informational CC aligned Compare/Contrast essay allows the teacher to integrate other subjects into their students writing by picking a subject that is being studied and write a compare/contrast essay around the topic chosen. Students are guided through the entire writing process with appropriate rubrics. It is student and teacher evaluated and includes the following informational requirements to be graded: 1. Introduction - clearly states topic and organizes reasons and evidence for compare/contrast of the topic 2. Body - compares and contrasts the topic using facts definitions and details. Uses appropriate transitions to clarify the relationship of ideas and concepts 3. Conclusion - provides a concluding statement that follows the information presented 5. Vocabulary - uses precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform or explain the topic 6. Essay clearly and coherently written and formatted as specified by the teacher 7. Editing - using the writing process to include planning, drafting, revising, peer editing, and rewriting as required by teacher 8. Conventions - Thought was put into conventions The scoring rubric should be presented to the students at the beginning of the lesson so students know what the expectations are, and that it will be self-graded before they turn it into the teacher for the final evaluation. The scoring rubric takes the subjectivity out of grading and makes it even for all of the students. Students are able to decide the grade they would like to make on their paper. Included in the lesson: 1. The lesson plan which includes the objectives, parts of the narrative essay, and the steps for writing a narrative essay 2. Deciding on a topic organizer 3. The idea organizer including a sample organizer and a blank one 4. The compare and contrast list organizer example and a blank one 5. The paragraph organizer that guides the students through each paragraph with brief examples 6. The student-directed scoring guide This lesson is formally copyrighted by the US Copyright Office and all copyright rules and laws apply.
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #15 Interpreting a Story
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #15 Interpreting a Story

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson asks students to interpret the main idea of a fairy tale, discuss the characters, and state what the moral of the story is. This lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. An example story 5. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 6. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 7. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON Plan #20 Queen and King for a Day
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON Plan #20 Queen and King for a Day

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan teaches students to use their imagination responsibly by imagining the are in great need of something, and how it will change their lives and the lives of their family members. The Lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson,
CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #17 Persuasive Essay
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CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN #17 Persuasive Essay

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This STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson asks students to think of a personal problem and provide a solution that would correct the problem. This involves the student in thinking up the problem and a solution. This lesson Plan is student graded and includes: 1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan 2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan 3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student's personal bank of knowledge 4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion 5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation. 6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson