Have you ever had the feeling that you just don’t want to teach a writing lesson? Maybe you lack the confidence in teaching writing or you just can’t muster up excitement over teaching writing.
You are scrambling. You want to guide your students to write in complete sentences, create juicy paragraphs, and put together a ROCKSTAR essay, but you just don’t know what to do.
Maybe you are confident in teaching writing, but you don’t have the resources for students to learn when you are not by their side. You may have absent students, to plan for a substitute, teach through distance learning, homeschool your child, or maybe you just need a break! Can you relate?
If any of this resonates with you, read on!
You are the reason I created 84 mini-lesson videos designed to take your students through the writing process for sentence structure, paragraph writing, and 3 types of essay writing. You can access it through streaming or download and place it on password-protected sites or in Google Classroom!
The videos were created to go along with our Step-by-Step Writing Programs for Grades 1-8. They are also a part of our 3 part, full-year, trademarked writing curriculum Rockstar Writers®. However, you can use them with any writing curriculum that follows the writing process. Most of the videos are less than 5 minutes. They are easy to pop on and I do the teaching for you! You will hear my voice with animated mini-lessons. I speak directly to the children and provide that spunk to motivate them to rock their writing!
Diana said, “You are AMAZING! I hope you know that! You are helping so many teachers – these take so much time and are worth so much more than you charge! I am so happy I found you a year ago and bought a bundle! It was my main curriculum as I teach writing enrichment for inner city students! Thank you for being you!!”
How do you use the videos?
- writing center
- absent student
- homeschool student
- distance learning
- whole class
What is included in each video?
Some or all of the following are included in each video depending on the lesson.
- introduction to the lesson
- writing mini-lesson key points
- examples and practice
- model of the same prompt throughout the essay lessons
- encouragement to apply the lesson to students’ own writing
- rock music at the end- Go rock your writing!
Do you want to see how the lessons are presented?
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR AN EXAMPLE:
The next one is in the Narrative Essay Videos. (Keep in mind the modeling is talking about a story we’ve been building with the previous videos.)
How do you access the videos?
What mini-lesson videos are included?
Sentence Structure Videos
SS1- Complete Sentences
SS3- Run-On Sentences
Paragraph Writing Videos
P1- Topic Sentences and Indents
P2- Relevant Details
P3- Closing Sentences
P4- Transition Words
Narrative Writing Videos
N1- Narrative Elements
N3- Task, Purpose, Audience
N4- Graphic Organizer
N5- Crafting a Plot- Suspense, Climax
N8- Character Traits
N11- Rough Draft
N12- DARE to Revise
N13- DARE- D- Delete
N14- DARE- A- Add details and transition words
N15- DARE- R- Rearrange
N16- DARE- E- Exchange- Rockin’ Beginnings
N17- DARE- E- Exchange- Million Dollar Words (Word Choice)
N18- DARE- E- Exchange- Sentence Variety
N19- DARE- E- Exchange- Jammin’ Conclusion
N20- Craft a Title
N21- CUPS- Capitalization
N22- CUPS- Usage
N23- CUPS- Punctuation
N24- CUPS- Spelling
N25- Peer Reflection
N26- Final Copy
Opinion Writing Videos
O1- Opinion Elements
O3- Task, Purpose, Audience
O4- Graphic Organizer
O6- Taking Notes
O9- Rough Draft
O10- DARE to Revise
O11- DARE- D- Delete
O12- DARE- A- Add details and transition words
O13- DARE- R- Rearrange
O14- DARE- E- Exchange- Rockin’ Beginnings
O15- DARE- E- Exchange- Key Words and Phrases (Word Choice)
O16- DARE- E- Exchange- Sentence Variety
O17- DARE- E- Exchange- Jammin’ Conclusion
O18- Craft a Title
O19- CUPS- Capitalization
O20- CUPS- Usage
O21- CUPS- Punctuation
O22- CUPS- Spelling
O23- Peer Reflection
O24- Final Copy
Informative Writing Videos
I1- Informative Elements
I3- Task, Purpose, Audience
I4- Graphic Organizer
I5- Organization and Structures
I7- Taking Notes
I10- Rough Draft
I11- DARE to Revise
I12- DARE- D- Delete
I13- DARE- A- Add details and transition words
I14- DARE- R- Rearrange
I15- DARE- E- Exchange- Rockin’ Beginnings
I16- DARE- E- Exchange- Key Words and Phrases (Word Choice)
I17- DARE- E- Exchange- Sentence Variety
I18- DARE- E- Exchange- Jammin’ Conclusion
I19- Craft a Title
I20- CUPS- Capitalization
I21- CUPS- Usage
I22- CUPS- Punctuation
I23- CUPS- Spelling
I24- Peer Reflection
I25- Heading, Graphics, Labels, Captions
I26- Final Copy
I27- Table of Contents, Glossary, Sources
The best way to use this resource:
This is set up like our step-by-step writing® programs and professional development. They are proven to work best if you follow the mini-lessons in order. In the essay writing units, the lessons build upon each other. It follows through the writing process with one prompt. It is ok to skip over lessons for differentiation, but I don’t recommend using bits and pieces here and there. It takes away the flow of the modeling shown in the videos.
I hope you found what you need to ROCK YOUR WRITING INSTRUCTION and take your students to the next level. I can’t wait to hear the results!
You got this!