Welcome to HIT—How I Teach….In this episode, I talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart—-making elementary writing (and learning in general) easier for the littles!

Here is what you’ll learn in this episode:

*The importance of the “words lead to sentences; sentences lead to paragraphs; paragraphs lead to reports, essays, and stories” approach to teaching writing (as opposed to the “100 word” assignment

*How stories (and especially familiar ones) lead to a better outcome in teaching students to outline and write from a given source

*How to pick content to use with the Writing Boxes process—-the importance of focusing not just on “readability” level but also the “write-ability” level of text for students to write from (including the need for simple sentences without too much elaboration so that students can add the elaboration themselves)

*How the Writing Boxes bring in some boundaries that help students focus on one sentence at a time when they aren’t ready for long paragraphs yet

*How amazed students are when they do the Writing Boxes for each sentence of a paragraph then bring those sentences together to create a paragraph that is more detailed than the source they wrote from!

*How much students love doing Writing Boxes

*Why Writing Boxes are the perfect first writing exercises for second and third grade students!

*Oh…and how much full samples/Answer Keys for every single Writing Box sentence so teachers don’t have to have a thesaurus or app open when helping students with Writing Boxes

I really think you and your students will love Writing Boxes With Frosty! And I know teachers will love this episode to learn more about teaching elementary writing in a pain-free manner!


 Of course, just like every lesson in my one-month downloadable books and my one-semester Meaningful Composition books, this one also has the invaluable samples for students and teacher!


 (You will get a paragraph’s worth of Writing Boxes so you can use the Teacher’s Notebook to teach your elementary kids!)

And for your convenience, How I Teach…. is available as a podcast (follow along in your TN sheets for that week) and a YouTube video (with Power Point containing the same as the TN)! 

Note: This lesson came from Write For A Month, Dumbo a month-long downloadable book AND from the stand-alone Dumbo Writing Boxes lesson at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Find everything you need here!

Weekly broadcast episodes with Teacher’s Notebook downloads (and links to listen or watch!) at the Language Arts Lady blog

Master (continually updated) Teacher’s Notebook downloadable booklet

Free writing books and videos of me teaching your students for you for a couple of weeks!

All of my digital books

How I Teach YouTube Channel

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