Category Archives: Writing

Creative Writing – Murder in the Trash Can


There was murder in an office, and you, Detective So-and-so, must deduce who killed your victim, approximately when your victim was killed, what the murder weapon was, and why he or she was murdered.  All the clues will be found in the trash can next to the victim’s desk, but you have to sort through everything to figure it out.

I told the kids to make a list of everything they might find in the trash can, including mundane items.  They cannot list blatant items (like a gun), but rather, be creative in how the murder happened.  It is up to the rest of us in the classroom to figure out “who done it.”


Creative Writing – Defender!

Here I stand - Defender of my child!

Here I stand – Defender of my child!

Inspiration for Creative Writing comes at us from all angles.  This week’s assignment comes from the picture above.

I had the kids write down their greatest fear, anonymously, on an index card, then bring them to me one at a time.  Using a list of their names, I assigned a number to their name, and then put a matching number on their card.  So, Dominic’s card might be an 8, and Claudia’s card might be a 2.  I did that so when I passed them back out, they would get a different person’s card.  Once they got the card, they weren’t allowed to show anyone that fear.

The assignment is to take that fear, and become the valiantly defending teddy, just like the picture.  It was the writer’s job to defend his or her “child” against the horrible fear (spiders being a top one) in some sort of adventure.  Some asked if they could draw a picture to go along with it.  Aren’t they wonderful??



Anchor Chart – Sequencing with Minions!


Schooled in Love:  Anchor Chart - Sequencing with Minions!So I asked my kids what they thought should be the next awesome anchor chart, dealing with sentence sequencing.  They gave me some really good ideas that revolved around games, but I really wanted to do something different, so I made one with Minions!


They’re easy-peasy to draw, but if you can’t draw a Twinkie wearing overalls, just find some images online.  They’re all over the place, and they’re dang cute!

Creative Writing – Good Writing Anchor Chart


Now that the 2012-2013 school year is over, it’s time to start thinking about next year!  I’m truly inspired by my upcoming classes, too!  I’ll have Jr. High/ High School Creative Writing, Jr. High Anatomy (a.k.a. Blood & Guts!), Jr. High History (Middle Ages, part deux), Epsilon Math (Fractions), Levels 1 & 2 Art classes, a SPED Spelling/Reading Class, and a Map class!

Before school starts, I’ll have a 6-week Summer Art Camp, along with a Math Interactive Journal class.

So, in order to have everything ready by the time school begins, I’ve started putting my room together.  Here’s the first of many:

For my Creative Writing class - or for anyone that needs to know this.

For my Creative Writing class – or for anyone that needs to know this.

I saw this on Pinterest, and decided to make my own version of it.  I love it!

Anchor Chart – Minecraft Main Idea

Minecraft Main Idea Anchor Chart FTW!

Minecraft Main Idea Anchor Chart FTW!

The Angry Birds Cause & Effect Anchor Chart  seemed to be a big hit, so I decided to make another ‘pop culture’ one for my class.  All the kids are raving about “Minecraft,” including my son.  It’s a building game, and the goal is to mine different elements and build stuff up, but beware the monsters, for they’ll tear down your structure!

Anyway, what better way to get a Main Idea (idea) across but to use Minecraft?  I was even clever enough to put some puns in there, like “craft,” “pick,” “rock,” “dig,” and “build.”

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find all the parts I used to make this anchor chart.  Unlike the Angry Birds chart, I had to do a LOT of digging for the right graphics.  Hopefully, this will save you some time.

Minecraft Main Idea Anchor Chart!  For The Win!

Schooled in Love Minecraft Anchor Chart Parts

Writing – Mr. Stick Grows the Biggest Vegetable Ever!


Oh no! Mr. Stick grows a tomato bomb!

Our friend, Mr. Stick has managed to grow the biggest vegetable ever.  I asked the kids to tell me not only what kind of vegetable it was, but also what happened as a result of this massive veggie!

In the story that Dominic wrote, Mr. Stick met his unfortunate demise as the tomato went nuclear.  Fear not, fans!  Mr. Stick returns in the next episode.

Writing – Mr. Stick Gets a Wish



Mr. Stick Gets a Wish – the poor guy!

For this writing assignment, Mr. Stick Gets a Wish.  I didn’t give the kids too many parameters, because I was curious as to what kinds of wishes Mr. Stick would get, and how he would come about them.  Mr. Stick was visited by a fairy godmother, a tooth fairy, and even a dark, shadowy force!  He wished to be a famous par cour(er) and lots of money.

Yes, the picture to the left has quite a few spelling mistakes, but I’m not grading on spelling, punctuation, or even grammar – as long as the concept can be conveyed, and I can read it.  Remember, I have some VERY reluctant writers in my class!  The idea is to get them to enjoy writing.  The proper stuff will come with time.