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Kids' Place: Houghton Mifflin English

At this site, Houghton Mifflin has created a number of activities and resources to support writing. Students in grades 2-5 will find story starter pictures for a variety of kinds of writing (opinion, instructions, personal narrative, persuasive essay, story, description, and compare-contrast), as well as links to authors and illustrators, graphic organizers, a limited number of research topic links, and some examples of student work. Quizzes focusing on parts of speech and usage can also be found.

Published by Houghton Mifflin in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Curriculum Areas:English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Grammar

grammar, word study, sentence, noun, adjective, pronoun, adverb, verb, preposition, opinion, essay, persuade, narrative

Essential Question(s)
1. What are the components of clear written communication?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How does the study of parts of speech help our writing?
2. Who are the most interesting children's authors?
3. How can graphic organizers help in the writing process?

Extension and Activities
1. Suggest that teams of students explore the graphic organizers linked to this site, and share with the class their favorites.
2. Encourage students to learn about their favorite authors and illustrators, and share there findings--along with a favorite book--with the class.
3. Let students explore the Wacky Web Tales section and create their "mad lib" stories to share.

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