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Journal Prompts from The Moffat Girls

Be it daily or weekly, journal writing is an important time for young learners to figure out how to write well, and to develop confidence in themselves. I’ve always been partial to designing my own journal prompts, but this year I decided to sample more of other teachers’ materials so that my students start writing about topics I’d never thought of before.

In my first attempt, I really hit the jackpot when I discovered these amazing journal prompts from The Moffatt Girls, an online teaching materials store on Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT). The creation of Annie Moffatt, the top selling producer on TPT, these easy to use journal prompts come out in a monthly booklet that you can download as a pdf file for the low, low price of $4.

02. December Journal Prompts

01. January Journal Prompts
03. February Journal Prompts

 

There are about 20 prompts in each booklet, and include vocabulary words to help the children get started, and a space for drawing about what they are writing about.

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I’ve been using them since the New Year and I have noticed a significant improvement in the writing of my students. They’re just happier to put pencil to paper now, and they don’t begrudge me for giving them an extra assignment each day.

Nate the Great EFL Worksheets for Korean and Japanese Students

There are an absolute abundance of Nate the Great worksheets on the Internet. The trouble is that they’re designed for native speakers – likely to read a novel like this in one go – and not EFL students, who are more likely to study it in the classroom over several lessons.  So this year I’ve been busy trying to fill that gap with these classroom tested products that you can download to use in your lessons.

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The new worksheets I’ve uploaded to The ESL Review Store solve the problem of teaching to EFL students by breaking down the book into five easily teachable lessons. Now you won’t have to dwell unnecessarily on how much to teach your students because I’ve already done that for you.

Most importantly, there are translations of 50 key vocabulary words from across the book so even teachers who don’t speak or read their students’ L1 can feel certain that their young students really understand what the words in the book mean.


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In addition to lists of vocabulary words, each unit has reading comprehension questions, creative writing exercises, vocabulary practice, and word puzzles. Each unit also has a quiz to test the children’s understanding of the text and vocabulary. Not sure you want to commit? Try the first unit out for free with your students!Nate the Great - Image 3Nate the Great - Image 6
I plan to have one novel study booklet for each title in this series done by 2016. Here is what is available so far:

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Click any of the images above to check them out.

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