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Essay Architect Writing System: Teaching the Five-Paragraph Essay-CCSS Aligned

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Do your students struggle to get past one or two paragraphs for an essay? Are your students confused about the different types of essays and how to approach each? Do you have students who don't know basic essay terminology or structure? Do you dread the thought of grading your students essays, facing constant frustration and exhaustion? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then our Essay Architect Writing System is right for you!

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Our Essay Architect Writing System is an all-inclusive, step-by-step method you can use to walk your students through the often confusing process of writing the five paragraph essay. Includes 238 pages of reproducible worksheets, examples, teaching guides, graphic organizers, terminology, models, rubrics, sample essays, and more. This second book in our Essay Writing Series best helps those students who are able to write at least one paragraph in response to an essay prompt. (For those who struggle with one paragraph, or with basic sentence and writing structure, see the first book in this series, the Essay Apprentice Writing System).

Designed for use in grades 6-12, Essay Architect will help you teach everything your students need to know about writing a great essay, from the essential structure and vocabulary of the essay, to in depth practice on the elements of the essay, to reviewing and peer-editing model and non-model essays, to learning the specifics of how to write and organize each type of essay, to polishing the essay in its final stages. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice every step of the process before actually writing an essay, and learn how to evaluate and assess other essays to recognize high-quality, well-written essays, as well as poorly-written, weak writing. Best of all, we have included in-depth study of each type of essay, including essay-specific organizers, prompts, notes, peer-editing checklists, and rubrics for Persuasive/Argumentative essays, Cause and Effect essays, Compare and Contrast Essays, Descriptive Essays, Informative/Explanatory Essays, Reflective/Personal Narrative Essays, Response to Literature Essays, and Research Papers.

This Essay Architect Writing System is 253 pages, and includes:

Essay Writing Terms
General Essay Structure
Quiz: Essay Terminology and Structure
Types of Essays
Reading an Essay Prompt
Essay Prompt Keywords
Classifying Essay Prompts
Brainstorming Your Topic
Mind Map Brainstorm
Spider Diagram Brainstorm
“E” Chart Brainstorm
“Big Six” Questions
General Pre-Writing Essay Planner A
General Pre-Writing Essay Planner B
General Pre-Writing Essay Planner C
General Essay Organizer
General Essay Style Guide
General Essay Rubric
Writing Effective Titles
Writing Grabbers
Writing Focus Statements
Recognizing Thesis Statements
Types of Thesis Statements
Writing “Better” Thesis Statements
Writing Topic Sentences
Writing Powerful Challenges
Using Appropriate Tone
Writing With Purpose
Activity in which students literally cut and paste either a scrambled Informative/Explanatory Essay essay or a Compare/Contrast Essay together, based upon the information and skills they have learned.
Notes, handouts, and activities on every type of essay:
Argumentative Essays
Organizing Argumentative Essays
Logic and Emotion in Persuasive Writing
Practicing the Skill: Logic and Emotion in Persuasive Writing
What Will the Opposition Say?
Argumentative Essay Organizer Prompt
Argumentative Essay Organizer
Argumentative Essay Structure
Argumentative Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Argumentative Essay Rubric
Cause and Effect Essays
Organizing Cause/Effect Essays
Fishbone Diagram
Cause and Effect Essay Organizer Prompt
Cause and Effect Essay Organizer
Cause/Effect Essay Structure
Cause and Effect Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Cause and Effect Essay Rubric
Compare and Contrast Essays
Organizing Compare/Contrast Essays
Verbal Cues: The Keys to the Compare/Contrast Essay
Compare and Contrast Essay Prompt
Compare and Contrast Essay Organizer
Compare/Contrast Essay Structure
Compare and Contrast Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Compare and Contrast Essay Rubric
Descriptive Essays
Organizing Descriptive Essays
Show, Don’t Tell!
Powerful Verbs
Descriptive Essay Organizer Prompt
Descriptive Essay Organizer
Descriptive Essay Structure
Descriptive Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Descriptive Essay Rubric
Informative/Explanatory Essays
Organizing Informative/Explanatory Essays
Informative/Explanatory Essay Organizer Prompt
Informative/Explanatory Essay Organizer
Informative/Explanatory Essay Structure
Informative/Explanatory Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Informative/Explanatory Essay Rubric
Reflective/Narrative Essays
Organizing Reflective/Narrative Essays
Reflective/Narrative Essay Organizer Prompt
Reflective/Narrative Essay Organizer
Reflective/Narrative Essay Structure
Reflective/Narrative Essay Peer Editing Checklist
Reflective/Narrative Essay Rubric
Response to Literature Essays
Organizing Response to Literature Essays
Literary Terms to Know
Finding Supporting Quotations
Incorporating Quotations into a Response to Literature Essay
Response to Literature General Essay Organizer Prompt
Response to Literature Organizer with Quotes Prompt
Response to Literature General Essay Organizer
Response to Literature Organizer with Quotes
Response to Literature Essay Structure
Response to Literature Peer Editing Rubric
Response to Literature Essay Rubric
Teaching Research Papers
Writing Research Papers
Researching the “Old Fashioned” Way
Researching in the Modern World
Evaluating Internet Sources
Plagiarism WebQuest
Incorporating Support into a Research Paper
MLA Format and Style
Print Publications – MLA Format
Web Publications – MLA Format
Using “Research Notes” Pages
Using “Sources” Pages
Research Notes
Research Paper Organizer Prompt
Research Paper Organizer
Research Paper Peer Editing Checklist
Research Paper Rubric
22 Model and Non-Model Essay to Evaluate and Edit, including 5 Argumentative, 2 Cause/Effect, 2 Compare/Contrast, 2 Descriptive, 5 Informative/Explanatory, 3 Reflective/Narrative, and 3 Response to Literature
515 of the Most Frequently Misspelled Words
Commonly Confused Words
Words to Avoid
Vivid Word Choice
Over 1500 More Powerful Verbs
Building Bridges
Over 400 Essay Topic Ideas
Answer Key

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Preparing to Write: Teaching the Basic Terms and Structure of Essays
Practicing the Basics: Activities to Teach Every Step of the Writing Process
Teaching Argumentative/Persuasive Essays
Teaching Descriptive Essays
Teaching Cause/Effect and Compare/Contrast Essays
Teaching Response to Literature or Literary Response Essays
Teaching Informative / Explanatory Essays

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