Writing and Telling
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Grades: 3 - 5

Focus Area Description:  Authors, playwrights, poets, and other storytellers share their excitement and insights on writing and the joy and power in a story well told.

Our current library of 37 videos in this Focus Area are available in the subareas listed to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today. 

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New December 2022! Being a Mystery Writer: My Research and Writing Process

Other Samples:
New October 2022! Telling Stories: Queen Nur and Dwight James
Lois Lowry Talks About Developing Characters
Read Along with Children’s Author and Illustrator Christian Robinson

Quick Ideas for Using our On Writing Videos:

  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to gain insights into the writing process and/or answer specific questions students might have as they write themselves.
  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic linked to the writing process.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create asking students to respond to particular examples or insights in a video and how they might apply it to their own writing practice.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a writing-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.