Literary Devices

Text: Don't get stuck in a story. Use an outline to guide you through. Imagine of pirate ship popping out of book.

How to Write a Story Outline and Tips for Teaching Them

By Nicolette Kier

While there are many ways to go about writing, there are two really distinct kinds of writers: those who get started without any planning, and those who think about what to write for so long that they never actually get their story started. But there’s an easy way to keep elementary and middle schoolers – the youngest, newest writers –…

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Text features: Teach them through creative, interactive activities.

Text Features: Engaging Ways to Teach Them

By Nicolette Kier

If a piece of text is a destination, text features are the map and the direction signs. While a destination exists on its own, you need to use use a map and signs to get to that destination. While a piece of fiction or informational text exists on its own, text features help you navigate the text for understanding.  …

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Text: Why do students struggle to start writing a story? What can you do to help? Image of elementary school student writing.

Teach Short Story Writing: Removing Student Barriers

By Nicolette Kier

From the moment we can string words together, we can tell stories. Young learners may not realize how often they tell their own stories. When they talk about their day, recount a TV show or video they saw – even when they tattle on a sibling or classmate – they are creating stories. So why is it so hard for…

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Text: Let's talk about talking. Teaching students how to write dialogue. Image: Graphics of two people talking. Graphic of two pencils.

The Secret of Teaching Dialogue to Students

By Nicolette Kier

Teaching dialogue is about more than introducing grammar formatting and dialogue words (although that is important.) To learn how to write dialogue, students need to learn when and why to use it in their writing. This is a mystery to many writers, even in adulthood – but you have to understand it to write effective dialogue.   Read on for:…

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Figurative language: What it's like and what it is. Examples of figurative language. Picture of two hands holding pineapples.

What Are the Types of Figurative Language?

By Nicolette Kier

How often do you hear people use phrases that don’t really make sense? For example, when someone is about to perform, someone might say: “Break a leg!” Or when it’s raining a lot, people say: “It’s raining cats and dogs!” Or if you’re having a bad day, you might say it’s the worst day ever. These are all examples of…

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