The Ginger Teacher — English

Strategies for struggling writers in higher grades

Strategies for struggling writers in higher grades

I used to teach year 3 (2nd grade) and while the majority of students were really good writers, some still struggled. In the lower year groups there are lots of measures in place which support and help the class. When the children get older it can be harder to use these as they might consider them babyish or they just not useful for older ages.  Here are some of the strategies I have used with older children, they not only encourage them to write but also to help build their confidence with English lessons. No mistake writing The idea behind...

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Teaching Letter Writing

Teaching Letter Writing

  One of my favourite lessons to teach is letter writing. It really is great to get kids writing with a real purpose. I love that it can tied into other activities like researching the recipient and even a trip to the local post office. Writing with a purpose has been proven to encourage reluctant writers, and gives them a chance to put themselves into their work. With this in mind here is my list of The best people to write letters to from your class.  1- The Royal Family     Writing to the royal family is a great...

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Encouraging Children to Edit and Rewrite

Encouraging Children to Edit and Rewrite
Do your children struggle to revisit pieces of work? I have come across this problem time and time again, where they write a piece of work and they consider it finished. Getting the class to edit and rewrite their work with improvements is incredibly difficult, particularly with elementary age students. 

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Teaching from a Chapter Book

Teaching from a Chapter Book

I love to read a class book, a chapter per session, lots of discussion and focused lessons are great ways to cover a wide range of subjects and still install a love of reading. In my store I have many lessons for books which require no prep and are ready to go. However today I am going to show you how to create your own lessons from your class book and at the same time cover all the areas of English you may need.  Choosing the book I absolutely love David Walliams! He is fantastic for children to read. He...

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Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

I have always enjoyed teaching the myths and legends topic with my class. It is such a fun topic and there are so many things you can do with it. After collecting together lots of fun lesson ideas over time I decided to create a complete myths and legends unit. I have had such good responses and feedback from the unit that I decided it would be nice to open the unit up and show my lovely blog people what is in my favourite product :) I do like my products to be complete so the unit includes 20 full lesson plans each with...

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