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Connections: Writing & Language

Grades 6–12

Language Minilessons

The minilesson format allows you to pinpoint specific language topics for practice and instruction with all the resources you need.

  • Online or print instruction.
  • Models and handy reference tables.
  • Classroom presentation slides for guided instruction and practice.
  • Online and printable practice activities.
  • ELL support and differentiated instruction.
  • Online and print assessments.

Writing Minilessons

Each sequence of minilessons leads step-by-step through the writing process for a specific genre of writing or the writer's craft. Focus on a specific aspect of writing or use for a complete writing unit.

  • Online or print instruction.
  • Models, rubrics, and reference tables for all major writing genres.
  • Classroom presentation slides for guided instruction and practice.
  • Online and printable practice activities.
  • ELL support and differentiated instruction.
  • Writing prompts, rubrics, student models, and online and print assessments.

Reading, Speaking & Listening Minilessons

Close Reading lessons help students extract meaning from texts by

  • defining the purpose for each read.
  • probing with great questions.
  • identifying patterns and analyzing evidence.
  • sharing insights with others.

Word Study lessons reinforce skills and strategies for building a more powerful vocabulary and selecting words that communicate meaning.

Speaking and Listening lessons provide strategies and activities for

  • formal and informal speaking.
  • active listening.
  • group collaboration.