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*REVISED* Essay Architect Writing System: Teaching the Five-Paragraph Essay

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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 REVISED Essay Architect Writing System is right for you!

*Check out the downloadable SAMPLE PAGES to view over 100 pages from this product!*

CLICK HERE to download the Common Core Alignment documentation for this Guide

Our REVISED 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 REVISED Essay Architect Writing System includes 253 pages (that's 150 more pages than the FIRST EDITION!) of new and revised material, including:

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
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
Sources
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

Not ready to commit to the entire Guide? Try out separate "pieces" of the Guide! Sold separately in budget-friendly portions:
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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This is the same as the one offered in the summer. The old version was printed in 2008.
On  August 30, 2013Grass Is Greener (TpT Seller) asked:
Even though I was just in an InService that stressed the importance of breaking away from the 5-paragraph essay for STAAR (Texas Standardized Testing), I am so loving this! As a teacher of 7th grade writers, I do agree that the "stand-by" might not be the goal...HOWEVER, when teaching emerging writers, the truth is we have to start somewhere! Once all the necessary parts are there--THEN style can be improved! My kids are so nervous about--and struggle with--WHAT DO I WRITE??? THIS resource is a perfect guide to teach what to write and WHY! I love it!! I also LOVE your bio--if you ever expand your business to Texas, please keep me in mind. I am highly knowledgeable about our standards, and I'm as knowledgeable as possible regarding our very new STAAR testing. (Rules/Regulations/Requirements CONSTANTLY flux...being debated and decided as I type.)

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On  August 22, 2013,  Christine D. asked:
Great, thank you. I have advanced 8th graders that have very good writing skills, is there another resource that would be better? This is my first year teaching them and I'm unsure about how to plan my writing curriculum.
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On  August 25, 2013Secondary Solutions answered:
This would be perfect for 8th graders with advanced skills...it will teach them the "ins and outs" without overwhelming them. Good luck!
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On  August 22, 2013,  Christine D. asked:
Hi, for planning purposes how many lessons approximately would this resource cover?
thank you
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On  August 22, 2013Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there! The lesson length depends on your students and the time you want to spend on each lesson/activity. I recommend teaching the first two sections, which are about 15 lessons or so, and teaching the specific essay types as you need to. The entire system can take 4-6 weeks in total to teach. I hope that answers your question!
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On  July 17, 2013,  Pam A. asked:
These are great resources! Thanks:) In these lessons, you refer to Day 1, Day 2, etc. Approximately how many minutes in a class period? I'm sure the time needed will depend on the students and their skill level, but for planning purposes it would be helpful to know if you're referring to a 45-minute class period, 60 minutes, etc.
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On  July 17, 2013Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there, Pam!
The time frame is usually a 45 minute period. Thanks for your purchase!
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On  January 7, 2013,  Tyra C. asked:
What is the difference between Architect and Apprentice? Would it be beneficial to purchase both? Or is one geared to a certain grade level? I teach Sped H.S. students with very poor writing skills/reluctant writers and am currently rolling over in to Common Core.

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On  January 7, 2013Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there! Basically, I explain the difference between the two like this: If you have students who are able to write at least one or two relatively decent paragraphs, then you want Essay Architect. Essay Apprentice is for lower grades OR for students who are really struggling to write even one decent paragraph. Essay Apprentice takes them through the process of writing step-by-step, from learning how to write simple, fun things to writing a decent sentence, to writing several sentences into a paragraph, then to writing more than one paragraph. From there, they work to create an essay as a group, then on their own. Once they can write at least one or two decent paragraphs and kind of understand how to approach an essay, then Essay Architect takes over. It sounds to me as if your very poor and reluctant writers would do best with Essay Apprentice. There is a TON of repetition and scaffolding, which really helps those who are struggling or resistant. Hope that helps!

-Kristen
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On  November 11, 2012,  Felicia D. asked:
Is there a page in the book that breaks down the alignment to the ccls? Or is that separate?
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On  November 11, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there...that is separate and can be downloaded from our site at http://www.4secondarysolutions.com/Essay_Architect_Writing_System_p/ea13587.htm. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the description and you will see "Click Here to Download Common Core Alignment Documents..."
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On  November 2, 2012,  T C. asked:
is this available in Word? or PDF only? I need to be able to freely modify things; I hope it comes in Word! Thank you!
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On  November 3, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Sorry, it only comes in PDF because it is a fully copyrighted product as is.
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On  November 2, 2012,  T C. asked:
HI, is this Common Core aligned? Do you know if there is anything missing from this product (that is not in the Common Core standards for writing grades 9-10?) Thanks so much!
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On  November 2, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there! Yes, this is Common Core aligned. As far as it missing anything.... I worked very hard to integrate the many nuances of the common core, so everything has been included. The only thing is that in order to "hit" everything, you would have to make sure that your students are working on their papers using technology, that they are working on their papers in a process format (writing and revising) and that they are receiving feedback from peers and adults in the process. Hope this helps!
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On  October 17, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I was wondering: once I purchase your product can i personalize some of the examples for my classes? Can I edit the worksheets?
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On  October 17, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there! The PDF is in an uneditable format. If you wish to alter anything, you will have to retype it into a new document. This is because of copyright restrictions and limitations of use. Thanks for your interest!
On  October 14, 2012Teresa Kuehnel (TpT Seller) asked:
I am the reading specialist and help struggle readers and writers in a 5th and 6th grade building. I do not know which Essay Architect Writing System to purchase, for you have two on your list? Is the Revised one okay for struggle students too? I also would like a copy of the Common Core alignment to this material. I want to purchase the best product for the money due to very limited resources in this new configuration of our district. Thank you for your advice.
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On  October 14, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Hi there! Thanks for your interest, Teresa! The Essay Architect Writing System is basically designed for writers who are able to put together at least one or two paragraphs, but struggle to put together a 5 paragraph essay. Our Essay Apprentice Writing System is designed for those struggling with putting together even a paragraph--and it works them through a few creative writing activities, to sentences, to a paragraph, to eventually getting them to write a few paragraphs. That is where Essay Architect basically takes over. The REVISED Essay Architect has been "cleaned" up to include more activities and resources for you to teach. It sounds to me as if Essay Apprentice http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Essay-Apprentice-Writing-System-179-Pages-for-Struggling-Writers is best fitting for your situation. Let me know which one you decide to purchase, and I can send you the Common Core alignment. If you have further questions, feel free to email me at kbowers@4secondarysolutions.com.
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On  August 23, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Have you aligned this with the Common Core? You have done an excellent job with a lot of your other resources!
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On  August 23, 2012Secondary Solutions answered:
Yes, this is aligned to the Common Core, however, I don't have the alignment typed up to be posted yet :) Give me a day or two, and I will have it ready for you. You can email me at kbowers@4secondarysolutions.com and I will send you a copy when it is done if you are interested :) Thanks so much!
On  February 13, 2011Penguinlvr (TpT Seller) asked:
Hello again! You know I LOVE your novel guides, but now I'm checking out your Architect and Apprentice Writing systems. Are there any worksheets that repeat between the two downloads and if so, how many? Thanks bunches!
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On  February 14, 2011Secondary Solutions answered:
Hello Skittl! Some of the concepts repeat between the two, especially near the end of Essay Apprentice, because it is designed to be a sequential system (Essay Architect then Essay Apprentice). However, there are only a few pages that are actually the same in both guides, such as our essay structure graphic organizer and MAYBE one or two that look familiar, but are not exactly the same. Otherwise, they just build on each other with unique exercises for each one! Hope this helps...and thanks for being such a wonderful customer!
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