Conflict
Good stories have a plot with at least one kind of conflict. Possible conflicts include:
  • character vs. character;
  • character vs. society;
  • character vs. nature;
  • character vs. self;
  • character vs. machine*
This PowerPoint from Read/Write/Think shows examples:
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NOW YOU TRY:
What kind of conflict do you observe in these short clips?
(Entitled Trouble in Paradise and Fireflies-commercial for De Lijn)


Idioms
http://www.idiomsite.com/
http://www.idiomconnection.com/
These sites have great lists of idioms. Check them out!
Pick an idiom and illustrate it:
Friendly Letter
**http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000144.htm**
Click "More on Personal Letters" to get a description of each part of a friendly letter.
**http://www.letterwritingguide.com/friendlyletterformat.htm**
This has a nice 1 page visual with descriptions. Be sure to click the "Sample Friendly Letter" link at the bottome to see an example.
Leads
**http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/writing/sixtrait/organization/leads.html**
This site lists quite a few examples of different types of leads, some of them being useful for essay writing.
**http://www.mcte.org/resources/laneleads.html**
Here are some examples from well-known Writing teacher, Barry Lane. I learned a lot from him.
Make a Book
AccordionBook.jpg
Click the picture above to link to a website to make this book.

Parts of Speech
Parts of Speech
Parts_of_Speech.jpg
http://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=30656&ESP=PRT/ib//acq/teachersapprec///teachersarticle/freeprintable
Here's a nice reproducible summarizing all of the parts of speech.
**http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/730/1/**
Overview of the basic parts of speech
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ADJECTIVES

**http://newton.uor.edu/facultyfolder/rider/adjectives.htm**
Adjectives
**http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/536/01/**
Adjectives vs. Adverbs
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VERBS

Poetry
**//http://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/poetry///**
This site is a great introduction to poetry. Currently free, this video may require a subscription later on. If that's the case, it's worth the investment as a family.
Limerick
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass/limerickcontesthelp.html
Check this site out to learn how to write a limerick.
Cinquain
http://www.edu.pe.ca/stjean/playing%20with%20poetry/Hickey/coleres.htm
What's a cinquain?
http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/cinquain.htm
Write an instant cinquain. :)
Haiku
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass/Haiku.html
Check this site out to learn how to write a haiku.
Try your hand at identifying alliteration, rhyme, and rhythm in this game:
Game_Goo_pic.jpg
Click the picture above and then choose "Wizards and Pigs Poetry Pickle."

Diamante
Diamante from readwritethink.jpg
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/

http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/how-to-write-a-diamante-poem/

Quatrain


http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Write-Poetry/step4/Rhyming-Couplet-and-Quatrain/

RHYMING DICTIONARY
This RHYMING DICTIONARY may help you with the crafting of your quatrain or other poems where you wish to rhyme.
Punctuation
National Punctuation Day - September 24
http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/
Check out information about each type of punctuation.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishB7.htm
Basic punctuation information


COMMA
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/g/commasl3.cfm
Quick and fun site to remind us of the different uses for the comma.
Story Elements
//www.nebo.edu/misc/learning_resources/ppt/6-12/**story**_**elements**.ppt//
This site reviews, via slide show, important elements that you should include in your writing
//http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/index.html//
This site shows you the elements of a story through an interactive story.
//http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/elements.html#CONFLICT//
Classroom teacher, Mrs. Engram, shares excellent comprehensive information about each story element.


Story Mapping
**http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/storymap/**
You can make and print a Character Map, conflict Map, Resolution map, or Setting Map. The only drawback is that you can't save them, so be sure they are proofread and edited before you print it up.
Tall Tales
Paul Bunyan

As you watch the video, look for the "exaggerations" that are characteristic of a tall tale.
John Henry - Parts 1 and 2
Part 1
Part 2
As you watch the videos, look for the "exaggerations" that are characteristic of a tall tale.
Johnny Appleseed

As you watch this video, look for the "exaggerations" that are characteristic of a tall tale.
Pecos Bill

As you watch this video, look for the "exaggerations" that are characteristic of a tall tale.
Writing Traits
**http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/sixtraits/sixtraits.html**
This site explains the six writing traits.
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Click the picture to see mentor texts for each trait.