Category Archives: Writing

Wander Words

As you know, teaching vocabulary is near and and dear to my heart. And I love to do it in a playful way whenever possible. I’m always trying to figure out a fun way to engage my students in word play, and Wander Words is the newest craze in my classroom.

Wander Words is pretty simple. The word “wanders” around, and students have to decode it. The word can start anywhere, and can travel horizontally or vertically in any direction. Each word comes with a sentence to give context. For example:

Everyone knows that Ms. Cotton’s favorite cookie is a _________.

Students would connect the letters to spell Snickerdoodle.

I’ve been using these cards in my classroom to help students step up their writing by using more scholarly transitions, and they are having a blast!

This is a really fun activity that exposes students to lots of Tier 2 words. I’ve created sets of task cards, with and without QR codes, that give students practice with lots of great scholarly words. My March 2020 freebie is a great set of these cards to practice scholarly transitions for writing. Be sure to download them today!

You can get other Wander Words Task Cards in my TPT store. Click to go straight there!

Ten great quotes to inspire young writers – and make them laugh!

I love to use quotes in my writing class. Often they make us laugh, and a good giggle can break writer’s block any day! Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

  1. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. Don’t use no double negatives. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
    – William Safire
  2. When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am a grown up they call me a writer.
    – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  3. If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.
    – Kingsley Amis
  4. Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
    – Gene Fowler
  5. If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. 
    – Doug Larson
  6. I get a lot of letters from people. They say: “I want to be a writer. What should I do?” I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it. 
    – Ruth Rendell
  7. A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it. – Mark Twain
  8. Write what you know.
    Mark Twain
  9. Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. Mark Twain

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