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Writing Interactive Notebooks: Writing Activities for Common Core 3-8
Writing Interactive Notebooks ~ Sentences and Paragraphs for Common Core 3-8. This IWriting Interactive Notebook is a companion to my TpT Best Sellers for Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text. Get the *original* Interactive Writing Notebook - Over 25,000 copies sold! If you prefer a h
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Thanksgiving Activities
Thanksgiving Activities for Reading and Writing, Grades 4-8 Forget your old Thanksgiving lesson plans! Your students do NOT want to hear about the first Thanksgiving, and they DEFINITELY do NOT want to write dull paragraphs about the things they are thankful for. Seriously. They D
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ARGUMENT WRITING, NARRATIVE WRITING, & INFORMATIONAL  WRITING BUNDLE
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 lessons at a gla
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Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox: Printables for Nearly Every Standard
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
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INFORMATIONAL WRITING WORKSHOP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH
Informative Writing This expository essay unit includes everything you need to teach informational writing: at-a-glance-instructions, writing prompts, step-by-step instructions, visuals, graphic organizers, and high-interest mentor texts. It will be easy to differentiate instruction and can be used
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Expository Informative Explanatory Writing Unit Editable Common Core Bundle
This writing unit focuses on explanatory and informative (expository) writing and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. It has also been recently updated to include Google Drive / Google Classroom editable handouts and MLA 8 style handouts. This IS included in my mega bundle:
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Poetry Resources Bundle Volume 2
More Poetry Resources for Reading, Writing, and Understanding Poetry! This IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my POETRY RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE. This bundle contai
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Smarter Balanced Text Evidence Proof Frames for Test Simulation
Wait! You can find this unit combined with another test practice unit for a bundled price. The Text Evidence Proof Frames simulate one of the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing formats. Three of the frames are editable. On the left of the document, you’ll find the text box for
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Writing & Reading "PEELS" Anchor Charts & Graphic Organizers
Writing & Reading "PEELS" Anchor Charts and Graphic Organizers - Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for writing (arguments, explanatory/informative, expository) AND for reading (text analysis: showing evidence, evaluating claims, analyzing author's purpose and style, etc.) Thi
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Writing Portfolio Criteria & Score Sheets Grades 6-12
Common Core Writing Portfolio Criteria & Score Sheets for Grades 6-12 This IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my WRITING RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE.
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Expository Writing:  Informational News Story Writing about Historical Events
Expository / Informative Writing: In this 10-day, Common Core - aligned Expository Writing Unit, students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the features, critical elements, and purpose of expository or informative writing. During the unit, students will write an expository news story about
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Speech Unit - Reading, Analyzing, Researching, Presenting - Common Core Aligned!
Meet Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking with this 10 day Speech Unit. In this unit, students learn about the nonfiction genre of speeches, analyze four historic speeches, develop skills in writing short answer responses, conduct mini-research projects, write
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INTERACTIVE WRITING ORGANIZERS AND WRITING PRACTICE
Bring your students’ writing notebooks to life with folding writing organizers and lessons for each writing task! This product contains everything you need to teach writing. Step-by-step guided instructions with photos, writing prompts, examples for modeling, and dozens of folding organizers are in
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The Novel: a unit for any novel {secondary English}
This complete novel unit is aligned to the common core and includes activities and assignments that will work with any novel! This resource includes multiple teacher instruction pages and is organized into four sections. Containing enough content for a year’s worth of literature and novel units, t
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Test Prep - Teaching Students How to Respond to Short Answer Questions
Test Prep Answering Short Answer Questions In this 5-day unit, students learn specific strategies to promote success on standardized assessments and daily practice. Students are exposed to test-taking strategies for short-response questions. During the mini-unit
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Informative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA
Non-fiction writing doesn’t need to be boring or predictable! Use this pack of 10 informative writing assignments to challenge students with a variety of genres, topics, purposes, audiences, and objectives! This set of assignments brings real-world scenarios or skills into non-fiction writing to he
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Explanatory and Informational Writing Unit for Secondary ELA
Explanatory, Expository, and Informational Writing Unit: This writing unit includes everything you need to teach informational and explanatory writing to your middle and high school students. There is an editable PowerPoint presentation and supplementary teaching materials that contain assignments,
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Writing Resources Bundle Argument Expository Narrative Journalism
Writing instruction has never been easier! This download now includes ALL of my writing resources: argument and persuasive, expository (including journalism), and narrative (including creative) writing. In addition, I added helpful outlines, prompts, and rubrics. The skills practiced are standards-b
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ELA Standards Checklists Grades 6, 7, 8
Common Core ELA Standards Checklists for Grades 6, 7, and 8 This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8 This is a bundle of three 62-page resources (186 pages tota
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Romeo and Juliet Teaching Unit
Teach William Shakespeare's classic drama, "Romeo and Juliet," with this comprehensive, differentiated unit that includes guided writing prompts, CLOZE activities, character analysis, and vocabulary. This Romeo and Juliet Unit includes:
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Text Evidence Proof Frames for All Subject Areas
The Text Evidence Proof Frames are easy to use in any subject area. *Use with fiction or nonfiction selections. *Simple format encourages students to find support for a claim using text evidence. *Target and record specific page and paragraph numbers when finding text evidence. *Note content-specif
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Research Paper Writing Unit: Lessons, PowerPoint, Handouts, Research Essay
This Research Paper Writing Bundle includes lessons on paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, 8th edition MLA format and citations, research paper writing, and academic vocabulary. This Research Paper Writing Unit Bundle is includes everything you will need to help your students master research writi
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Entire SEMESTER of FUN Writing Warm-Ups!!
Save 20% by getting: Entire YEAR of FUN Writing Warmups! Do you need some fresh bell-ringers for your classroom?? Your students will be EAGER to get started each day with these F
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Elements of Plot Bundle - PREZI, Student Note Packet, Activities, Task Cards
Tired of teaching "plot" the same old way? Have you never taught "plot" before? Grab your students’ attention by taking them on a ROLLER COASTER ride through the elements of plot. This lesson and the accompanying activities use a unique\“roller coaster” analogy to help students master the sequentia
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Expository Writing Interactive Notebook
Starting your expository writing unit? Add this Interactive Notebook to your instruction to ensure students have the background knowledge needed BEFORE they begin to write expository text. Before I have my students write expository text, I teach them the text structures and featu
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Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 1): "And the Winner Is..."
Writing to Inform and Explain (Vol. 1): “And the Winner Is…” (A Mini-Writer’s Workshop for Grades 6-8) is part of a series of mini-workshops designed to engage even the most reluctant of young writers! This quick-paced, 2-week writer’s workshop is broken down into small, manageable steps which will
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14 Paired Text Expository and Argumentative Writing Assignment Sheets
We all know that Common Core writing is all about paired texts and using a variety of sources! This download includes 14 different expository and argumentative writing assignment sheets. Each contains a prompt and links to 3-5 paired text sources of a variety of types (websites, articles, and videos
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ELA Standards Checklists Grade 7 Editable
Editable Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Grade 7 - easy to use and customize to suit your needs. This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8 AND
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Comma Rules for Middle School and High School
Comma Rules and Practice for Middle School and High School There are so many places to put commas that students often struggle with where commas go in a sentence. This lesson packet contain lots of activities to challenge students’ thinking and help them remember comma rules. These activities
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Stations for Previewing Holocaust Texts & Night by Elie Wiesel
Stations for Previewing Holocaust Texts & Night Included are six station activities which can be used in a English Language Arts or history classroom. Four stations are focused on introducing the Holocaust and the related text you will be reading. The final two stations are foc
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Wax Museum Project
If you are looking for a dynamic, engaging research project, then you have come to the right place! I first did this wax museum unit at the end of last year with my fellow team teachers with our 7th grade.The students LOVED it. Learning about a historical figure of their choice (with guidance of cou
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Text Dependent Analysis Essay
This instructional Powerpoint is a step-by-step guide for writing a text-dependent analysis essay. Through this presentation, students will gain a clear understanding of what a TDA essay is in terms of structure and content. In addition, students will be guided through the process of reading a pro
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Holocaust Resource Bundle for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned
Holocaust Resource Bundle for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned This bundle, over a 30% savings, includes nine of my best-selling Holocaust resources, all of which are perfect additions to your unit on the Holocaust in either an English Language Arts or history classroom. Included:
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Writing Conclusions / Concluding Paragraphs - Mini-Lesson & Handout
A mini-lesson and handout on how to write an effective conclusion or concluding paragraph. Common Core aligned (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W)
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"Thank You, Mr. Falker" Bundle: Reading, Informational Text, & Writing Resources
***Updated 8/24/15 to include a brand new inference organizer! This bundle revolves around "Thank You, Mr. Falker," by Patricia Polacco. This unit hits Common Core State Standards RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, as well as W.1, W.2, and W.4. It also includes a link to an informational article
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Expository News Writing Tutorial & Activities
Common Core Expository News Writing Tutorial and Activities: A news writing presentation with several student activities and tons of examples and models for students. This IS included in my
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Inquiry-Based Inventors & Inventions Research Project
Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered and teacher-guided instructional approach. It empowers students to become critical thinkers. It increases students’ ability to develop a deep understanding of content while increasing students’ intellectual engagement. Students start by thinking of
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Entire YEAR of FUN Writing Warm-Ups: 20% OFF!!!
Do you need some fresh bell-ringers for your classroom?? Your students will be EAGER to get started each day with these FUN warm-ups that promote WRITING and CREATIVITY!! And YOU will have one less item on your to-do list, freeing up your time to work on everything else. I've spent MONTHS
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Journalism Newspaper Yearbook Assignment Specs Handout
Journalism: Newspaper and/or Yearbook Assignment Specifications Handout for Students Makes your job as advisor easier AND puts the responsibility on the student: This is an assignment sheet I used for both yearbook and newspaper staff members. When an editor or staff member had an assignment for
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Essay Prompts and Essay Topics 145 Reflective, Narrative, Expository, Persuasive
essay, essay prompts, writing prompt, essay topics, essay ideas, essay prompt ideas, reflective essay prompt, narrative essay prompt, expository writing prompt, descriptive essay prompt, explanatory topics 145 Essay ideas and prompts for grades 5-12. Includes prompts for Response to Literature, Ex
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Turning a Prompt into a Statement Practice
Practice Turning a Prompt into a Statement Use these resources to teach your students how to turn a prompt into a statement to begin writing a response. Included: *PowerPoint with step by step directions that can be used with the gradual release process: “I do, We do, Two do, You
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Literary Analysis Writing: A Writer's Workshop for Common Core
This is a two-week long Writer's Workshop unit that teaches students how write a Literary Analysis. When I teach this unit, my objective is to get students to complete a literary analysis through comparing and contrasting two versions of a similar story. I model this entire process using two versio
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BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY: NONFICTION NARRATIVE WRITING: BIOGRAPHY INTERACTIVE ORGANIZER How often have we been inspired by reading about other people’s lives, the major events that contributed to who they became in society and the impact they had on those around them? well, perhaps far too m
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Compare / Contrast Essay - Complete Unit
Compare / contrast essay - complete unit. The common core aligned packet is full of resources with everything you need for writing a compare/contrast essay. Primarily geared toward grades 6 - 8, it involves higher-level thinking compare/contrast topics such as literature and concepts rather than o
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Christmas Reader's Theater and Reading Literature Toolkit for Grades 4-8
Christmas Reader's Theater for BIG KIDS! The Show Must Go On is a middle grades reader's theater that your students will love to perform. It is about a group of 6th grade students that are ready to "graduate" from Merna Elementary. During their last day of school before the graduation ceremony th
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Using Compare and Contrast to Inform/Explain: A Writer's Workshop
This is a two-week long Writer's Workshop unit that teaches students how to inform/explain using the organizational model of compare and contrast (perfect for meeting Common Core!). Students will be writing about the high-interest topic iPhone v. Android! (They will be
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Transitional Words and Phrases Task Cards
Teaching transitional words and phrases? Amp up the fun and proficiency level in your classroom with this comprehensive set of Transitional Words and Phrases Task Cards. These (32) Common Core-aligned task cards cover additive, adversative, causal, and sequential transitions. Task Cards can be an
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Inquiry-Based Endangered Animal Research Project
Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered and teacher-guided instruction approach. It empowers students to become critical thinkers. It increases students’ ability to develop a deep understanding of content while increasing students’ intellectual engagement. Students start by brainstorming e
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Plagiarism Lesson Bundle for Middle and High School Students
Plagiarism...what a "downer" topic! For years, I dreaded teaching it because students thought I was the Wicked Witch who was out to get them for every missing quotation mark in their essays (or at least that's how I felt as I taught them about the rules of citing sources). In an effort to make writi
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Inquiry-Based Country Research Project
Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered and teacher-guided instructional approach. It empowers students to become critical thinkers. It increases students’ ability to develop a deep understanding of content while increasing students’ intellectual engagement. Students start by thinking of c
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Police Dogs: Informational Text Passage & Literacy Tasks
NO PREP PRINTABLES! Engaging 1-page informational text passage keeps readers interested as they learn new vocabulary in context, make inferences, and write an informative mini-autobiography "My Life as a Police Dog" from the point of view of a K-9 police dog to show they really understand the conten
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Writing Task: The Road Not Taken & Harlem (Dream Deferred)
Challenge your students by guiding them through close readings of two poems, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems. The
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