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Environmental Essay Writing               Figurative Language                  Poetry                  Digital Citizenship   

Environmental Persuasive Essay Writing

Students learn how to craft a convincing argument in the format of a persuasive essay about an environmental issue. (This project also has a technology/media component.)
Note: Some years, this essay/research project is on a different theme.

Here are some handouts and resources:


Sample Environmental Media Projects

Figurative Language: A series of tools that writers use to make their writing more interesting.

  • Hyperbole
    • Davy Crockett Listening Quiz
    • Safari exaggeration sheet
    • Creating own Tall Tale Story
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
    • Writing from view of your house in morning
    • Illustrate personification
  • Alliteration
  • Imagery
    • Five Senses Chart – using Halibuts and Hailstones
  • Idioms
    • Phantom Tollbooth
    • Beach Boys lyrics
    • Idiom Game
  • Simile/Metaphor
    • Describe Self

Personification examples


(you can view some of the writing prompts we do for our unit on Poetry)

  • My America – sense of place/imagery
  • Poetry Exploration Project (finding and sharing poems with class)
  • WriteSource overview
  • Illustrating “mind pictures” from some poems
    • The Raven
    • Paul Revere
  • Reading Love That Dog and share poem styles
  • Poems for Multiple Voices
    • Recording to Weblog
  • Poetry Marathon
  • Animal in Me
  • Haikus
  • Inside this ..
  • Odes
  • Create hyperlinked Poetry Book
  • Comic Strip Poetry
  • Letter Writing Mini-lesson
  • Submitting Poetry Journal and letter to me
  • Songwriting -- using poetic techniques to analyze and write original songs (with SuperDuperMusicLooper software program)

Hyperlinked Poetry Project


Digital Citizenship

This unit focuses in on the ways that young people use the Internet and technology to communicate in a responsible nature. We examine issues of privacy, cyberbullying, social networking and more.

Activities include creating avatars, viewing videos, ongoing discussions, surveys of technology use, and various writing tools to use technology in a positive way.
View some ways that students symbolized their interactions with technology.