1st Edition

Creating Strong Kids Through Writing 30-Minute Lessons That Build Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Social-Emotional Understanding in Grades 4-8

By Deborah S. Delisle, James Delisle Copyright 2019
    150 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Teachers are always looking for activities that not only enhance the mechanics of writing—grammar, spelling, and syntax—but also allow students to express themselves in creative and personal ways. Creating Strong Kids Through Writing is the perfect resource for teachers seeking quick, ready-to-use writing lessons that encourage social and emotional growth, personal development, introspection, and innovative thinking in students. Each of the 20 lessons has been classroom-tested with students of all ability levels in grades 4-8, and each lesson contains one or more samples of student work to help guide and inspire student writers. Creating Strong Kids Through Writing is a resource teachers will turn to again and again when they seek writing lessons that, although short in duration, are lasting in their personal impact on student growth.

    Grades 4-8

    Introduction Part I: Lessons for the Beginning of the Year Lesson 1: Getting to Know Students From the Inside Out Lesson 2: Who Knew? Lesson 3: Visual Enigmas Lesson 4: That’s Just Like Me! Lesson 5: The Pyramid of Personal Qualities Lesson 6: Quotes From the Ages, Quotes From the Sages Part II: Lessons for Any Time of the Year Lesson 7: Six Words Can Make a Difference Lesson 8: A Case of Vowel Play Lesson 9: The ABC’s of Life Lesson 10: Nanofiction Lesson 11: Fascinating Fibonacci Lesson 12: The Lingo of Language Lesson 13: Tabula Rasa Lesson 14: Two Sides of the Same Coin Lesson 15: Science Fact and Fiction Part III: Lessons for the End of the Year Lesson 16: The Book of Really Big Questions Lesson 17: The Last Time Lesson 18: Just a Little Bit of Awesome Lesson 19: If We Were in Charge of the World Lesson 20: It Gives Me References About the Authors


    Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a national nonprofit committed to improving the educational outcomes—and lives—of high school students, especially those traditionally underserved.

    James R. Delisle has worked in gifted child education for 40 years as a teacher, professor, counselor, and dad. He is the author of 21 books, including the best-selling Parenting Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide (with Judy Galbraith). His work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both top research outlets and popular media sources like The New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

    With all the buzz (and accompanying teacher expectations) about Social-Emotional Learning, Creating Strong Kids Through Writing is a much-needed resource. The authors have created an easy-to-use book of activities to help teachers help adolescents grow socially and emotionally.,Anne Anderson,MiddleWeb, 8/22/19