Category Archives: Lesson plan

  1. Grab your pencil!

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    April 5, 2014 by astephens2013

    Writers use words to share secrets, explore new ideas, champion a cause, connect with friends, experiment with language, argue a …
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  2. Riddle

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    December 12, 2013 by WITS Houston

    What kind of animal… • squawks for food • has rainbow feathers • stares at you with yellow, green, and …
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  3. Revision Strategy #2: ThoughtShots

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    December 9, 2013 by WITS Houston

    The idea of the thoughtshot comes from The Reviser’s Toolbox, a great book by Barry Lane. After a student finishes …
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  4. Revision Strategy #1: Clouds

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    November 7, 2013 by WITS Houston

    Revision is not easy. Even for the professionals among us, revision can be tricky. And teaching revision to young writer …
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  5. 5 Poems by Kids Using Descriptive Writing

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    August 5, 2013 by WITS Editor

    Description is one of the tools that writers use to create memorable imagery. Here are 5 examples of student writing …
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  6. When I’m 72

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    June 25, 2013 by WITS Editor

    When I’m 72 years old, there will be medicines that make you feel young, and I’ll be working on new …
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  7. Onomatopoeia for Everyone

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    June 4, 2013 by WITS Editor

    Each and every word comes with its own secret powers. Onomatopoeia is special device that a writer uses by choosing …
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Writers in the Schools (WITS)


Writers in the Schools (WITS) is the #1 arts education organization in Texas. With 80 writers and educators on staff, WITS reaches over 23,000 students a year in classrooms, community centers, museums, parks, and hospitals.

The glory of WITS is best expressed by the students--in their own words -- so this blog features essays, stories, and poems that were created by K-12 students in our program. All material (c) Writers in the Schools 2007-2013. If you wish to republish this work, please credit both the organization and the author and link back to this site. This material may not be used in commercial ventures of any kind.

Supporting WITS will help bring the pleasure and power of reading and writing to more Houston children helping to improve writing skills, build confidence, raise test scores, and enhance creativity.

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