Poetry Response: Read the poem and respond to it. Respond in the space next to the poem, under the poem, or around the poem.

Hot Fudge Monday proposes to bring humor to the writing process, while at the same time teaching students the basics about parts of speech. It joins the study of words to the process of writing those words into meaningful sentences.

Quick Write - Students are given a prompt question and write their response for 5 minutes.

Power Writing gives students the opportunity to write as much as they
can and as well as they can for one full minute. The idea is to get as many sentences down on paper as they can. "Whatever comes to mind, write." Two words are displayed in each of the three rounds of power writing. The words act as triggers to help students with an idea of what to write. What matters is that the students write for the entire minute in each round. The writing can be factual or fictional.

Unjournaling / Short Writing Responses are writing exercises that are not personal, not introspective, and not boring. Writing does not have to be a psychological journey. All the writing exercises are entirely impersonal, while still challenging a writer's creativity and ingenuity.

DOL: Daily Oral Language introduces proofreading exercises. The exercises help students sharpen their skills at recognizing and correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, and usage.

Listening is a listening skill that generates questions and discussion from the students. The teacher reads a high-interest non-fiction article, which presents a different set of challenges from fiction. Whereas fiction tells a story, nonfiction conveys facts and information. (Must come to tutoring to make up when missed).

A.P.E. Practice is a warm-up to help students apply the steps in answering short essay, open-ended questions after reading a text. (Must ask for the story text and question handout.)

Sentences, Parts of Speech, and Punctuation Practice will consist of short worksheet to help practice these grammar skills. (please pick up from the teacher).

TDQ - Text-Dependent Questions - a step by step approach that ensures, in every close reading lesson, students are guided to consider explicit and implied meanings and deeply analyze various aspects of a text.