In a few weeks I'll be teaching incoming 9th graders for the first time. (previously i taught ele.) This will be for a special acceleration program for students who were borderline with their scores on the standardized test in 8th grade. I'm supposed to go over the mechanics of writing: main idea, transitions, 5 paragraph essay etc., but it's also supposed to be fun. Any creative ideas from those of you who've taught this age before of how I can make 8 days of writing exciting? It's for 45 min a day. I thought of creative writing in the form of a webcast script or poetry slam, but that doesn't necessarily help with the basic writing skills. Thanks for your help!