Teach your students to write solid argument essays step-by-step with my Argument Writing unit. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for grades 6-12. Newly updated to include EDITABLE handouts and rubrics in Google Drive (using Google Slides).
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The three Common Core writing types: argument, narrative, and informative, are fun and easy to teach using strong mentor texts and a step-by-step process. This highly rated writing bundle includes everything you need!
Each writing unit is comprehensive and easy to use.
The Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox contains 77 learning activities aligned to the CCSS for grades 6-8. It includes printables that can be used multiple times throughout the year to address nearly all of the standards in reading literature and informational texts, and many of the speaking and
Argument writing is an essential life skill that is much easier to teach when you have well-written mentor texts and a step-by-step process. Students will LOVE this argument writing unit, as well as the real-life application and mentor texts included here.
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This classroom-tested unit will take you and your students through the process of planning, drafting, revising, and polishing an argumentative (or persuasive) essay.
The first few days are structured, whole-class lessons. After that, the class moves into a series of writer’s workshop days as stude
When students analyze and respond to a text they are often required to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support their interpretation of what the text says. That’s why it is essential to teach students not only the skill of selecting the right evidence, but also the skill of writing a re
Teach students the elements of Argumentative / Persuasive Writing:
- Write opening and closing paragraphs
- Address audience and their opposing views
- Take a position
- Make an outline
- Draft paragraphs from Outlines
- Put it all together while addressing the Common Core Standards!
This interactive PowerPoint presentation and guided notes resource will help make the challenges of argument writing a breeze!
When I tell my students we're working on an argumentative writing unit, they cheer! Kids LOVE to “argue,” and when they learn the right way to present their argument, their
Transitional words, phrases, or sentences are like great waiters: they improve the timing and flow of the entire meal (essay) to control your satisfaction.
Use this easy simile to teach your students why transitions matter and how to use them. This handout can be used as a full 45-minute lesson, a
Argumentative Essay Writing will be a breeze with this step-by-step resource designed to lead your students with models and supports through the entire process.
Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all five paragraphs! Includes a sample essay to motivate student writers and m
This 10-Day Persuasive Writing Unit will have your students analyzing advertisements, developing an understanding of the critical components of persuasive writing, and writing their own persuasive advertisements. Since students write persuasive ads (filled with figurative language, propaganda techn
Use the 32 slides with engaging activities appropriate primarily for Grades 4-8 to convince students to use transition words to spice up their writing. High school students, who need differentiated instruction concerning the use of transitional words, can benefit from this resource, as well. Resear
Use this flip book as a handy reference tool in your students' writing notebook or interactive notebook.
Each page includes a list of transition words and phrases suited for a particular purpose to encourage more variety in students' writing.
Transition types include:
Argumentative Essays - Complete Unit.
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Writing an argumentative essay is an essential skill for middle school and secondary students. This unit is CCSS aligned, with grading rubrics for each grade level 7 - 12 that reflect the standards.
Opinion writing is the focus of this complete Common Core unit. It guides students through the writing of a five paragraph essay with many handouts, graphic organizers, and PowerPoint slides. In each lesson, the step of the writing process is introduced and explained thoroughly with an interactive a
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This Common Core Standards Based (ELA: Writing) product all about Persuasive Essays is full of everything you need to help students grasp
PERSUASIVE WRITING: Use these Common Core aligned resources to help your students improve their persuasive writing!
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• An 27 slide Powerpoint presentation that guides you through the entire lesson. The pre
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Clauses Power Point. This editable 15-slide power point presentation explains the following types of clauses: Independent clauses, dependent clauses, relative clauses, nonrestrictive, and restrictive clauses. Each has a clear explanation, followed by practical examples. Take the mystery and confusio
Common Core Argument Writing Rubrics for Grades 6-8
This digital download contains seven grades 6-8 argument writing rubrics (each one a variation).
The rubrics are detailed and show the Common Core-alignment for each section/criteria.
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Model introductory paragraphs, topic sentences, supporting details (facts, statistics, expert testimony), and concluding paragraphs to support state writing tests and Common Core informational and argumentative writing.
The provided 4 Common Core informational and argumentative prompts and model in
This bundle will take your students through the ENTIRE argumentative writing process, from start to finish!
The set includes the following:
- A warm-up with 2 sample prompts. This will get your students thinking & talking about something that they'd like to convince their school to change (pro
Clauses Explanations, Examples, Worksheet, Quiz, and Key. This packet explains the following types of clauses: Independent clauses, dependent clauses, relative clauses, nonrestrictive, and restrictive clauses. Each has a clear explanation, examples followed by practical examples and practice. Also i
Need help tying in the Common Core to your ancient Egypt Unit? This bundles includes a Common Core persuasive writing assignment in which students argue whether or not artifacts should be returned to Egypt. I've provided the information, in the form of a short video, the brainstorming sheet, and t
This 20 page lesson includes everything needed to teach 5th-8th graders the art of argumentative essay writing. A scaffolded lesson about Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem current event issue is included!
1. Teacher Direction and Standards
2. Student Checklist for Writing Argumen
This resource is comprised of three parts:
1. Middle School Writing Prompt Task Cards for Argument, Narrative & Informative Writing + Research and Writing Skills
2. Self-Peer-Teacher Editing Checklists for Argument, Narrative & Informative Writing (CCSS Aligned)
Mentor sentences focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Perfect for grades 5-8. Combine daily writing with content-rich sentences. Use as a start-up activity, partner or group work, or as a center activity. Each day's work teaches about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and emphasizes se
This is a complete argumentative essay unit plan.
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**rubric to teach argumentative essay writing in grades 6-9+.
All planning is done, including tips for grading. It encompasses the Argumentative wr
Students will develop a knowledge of the competing ideologies in the book and how they played out in WWII and Cold War events. Through response writing, they will also further evidence-based writing skills while examining themes, characters, and events.
Product includes lesson plans, graphic organi
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CHRISTMAS - Thinkers Keys cards and worksheets
Get your students thinking critically, and creatively using these writing and thinking prompt cards this Christmas.
Included are 20 task cards that will have your students thinking deeper. Christmas themed with 20 different types o
These "editable" slides will help students make claims and support them with reasoning, evidence, and a warrant. I use these slides in my 8th grade ELA classroom to introduce argumentative writing vocabulary and model building a basic body paragraph of an argumentative piece. My students write an ar
Use this worksheet to determine the main idea of an informational/expository text. I use this with my “Time for Kids” magazine weekly. The first day I introduce how to write a “Gist Summary” (a 20-word summary) and then on the following day I explain and model how to fill out the analysis form using
Writing Bundle: 223 Year-Long Printable Prompts (Grades 3-7).
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This document offers steps for a whole group class activity. The activity demonstrates how relative pronouns function in the English language to create noun clauses. Students actively participate and have the chance to get out of their seats to "play" the game. Each student must create effective sen
Have students close read an article at home or with a partner. This worksheet allows students to search for their own information text on the internet and then "Closely" annotate the text to find the authors purpose and provide evidence to back up their claim. This worksheet has sentence frames to g
This is an essay assignment I give to my 7th grade Life Science students after we have studied the 6 characteristics of life. Fire has several of the characteristics of Life; It breathes oxygen. It eats wood. It reproduces (sort of). It can grow bigger. It responds to change.
In this assignment st
Over 190 Common Core Reading/Literacy: Writing Question Stems and Annotated Standards specifically written for Grade 7! Meet the rigor and demands of the Common Core with ease with these standard-specific question stems ready to "pop" into lessons, activities, or assessments.
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This comprehensive unit test on Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers measures reading comprehension and analysis of key characters and concepts from the novel. The test is divided into four sections, outlined as follows:
Part 1 - Character Identification.
Match names to
This resource contains three editing checklists to guide students to produce articulate and cohesive pieces of writing using genre specific strategies in line with CCSS.
These tools are designed to be used as part of a three part check.
First, the student assesses his or her own work, then asks a
This creative assignment is meant to be used as a follow-up to argument writing, otherwise known as the persuasive essay. While my students were writing their persuasive essays, I realized that many of them had grown so passionate about their positions, they were losing the ability to see the other
Sometimes students just aren't ready to write an entire research paper. Working with many different levels of freshmen for the last ten years, I've found it easier to begin with a simple research paragraph rather than diving head-first into an overwhelming essay. This product is perfect for anyone w
Introduce your students to the concept of advocacy through this persuasive letter writing unit that focuses on high interest animal rights issues. This two-week unit uses handouts and a Powerpoint presentation to introduce students to the concept of advocacy and the power of persuasive letter writ
Conjunctive adverbs are useful words for all writers, yet few high school or middle school writers know what they are or how to use them. This single-page handout explains conjunctive adverbs (sometimes called adjectival conjunctions), gives lots of examples, and shows how to use them to create smoo
Our school district gives pretests and posttests every year to see student growth. Since Common Core instructors have been telling us that 70% of our instruction should be focused on argument writing, I have been tweaking this rubric for the past year and a half. I believe that it finally shows a
I created this step-by-step guide to guide my seventh graders toward writing strong literary analysis essays. Students are guided through each stage of literary analysis and are proud of the strong essays they are able to write. From understanding the prompt, brainstorming, constructing a thesis s
Bundle of 2 editions of Animal Populations Performance Task for 7th grade
In the Animal Populations Performance Task, students use real information on different wildlife parks to practice argument reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. Students take on the role of