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I need interesting and engaging writing activities for 7-9th grade students. I am looking for both narrative or information activities that can be done in writing workshops.

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Group essays Group stories (write a sentence and pass the paper) Moments that Matter (a Kelly Gallagher exercise to help students come up with personal narrative topics) 6 Things You Should Know About (another Kelly Gallagher exercise where students explain 6 things regarding a topic of their choice) Horror is always a big hit. I have students listen to episodes of the podcast Spooked to get the juices flowing

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