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
Enjoy this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FOUR FULL WEEKS OF LESSONS covering John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a class set of novels and you’re good to go.
This Of Mice and Men bundle includ
Teach your students proper email etiquette with this 45-minute "How to Email" lesson that includes a high-interest intro. lecture and two fun real-world writing activities.
First, present the right and wrong way to build an email message with a dynamic 15-slide Prezi lecture. Then, assign students
Use the classic short story, “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes detailed instructions, a 6-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and an optional writing activity that shows
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.
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Introduction paragraphs are like free samples of food – it’s your one chance to grab a customer (reader) and convince them to “buy in” and keep reading.
This lesson teaches students that it’s important to not just have a great hook, but make the entire paragraph clear and compelling so that reader
This free lesson on essay outlines includes 3 illustrated instructional printables and 5 practice activity templates. This resource requires no prep from the teacher as it provides everything essential to teaching efficient and effective essay outline technique.
This resource emphasizes the importa
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
This beautiful bundle of 10 graphic organizers can be used in so many ways:
~ To improve non-fiction reading comprehension in science, social studies, and technical subjects. Research shows that students who can identify the text structure of a piece retain more of the material after reading.
Use the classic short story, “The Interlopers,” by Saki (H.H. Munro) to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes the full story with attractive illustrations, a 6-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and an optional wr
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
Research Paper: Feature Article Writer’s Workshop
Say the words “research paper” to middle school students and their groans will echo through the school like a yodel in the Grand Canyon. Introduce the term “feature article,” and you have a fighting chance of piquing their curiosity. Before long, t
This is a proven method for writing body paragraphs in research-based papers. Your student has a working thesis and research for a research paper. Now what? I find that incorporating the research into body paragraphs is the most difficult part of the research paper for my students. This original "R
This unit is perfect for literature circles, book clubs or whole-class instruction. Divide the book into four sections, and go! Group activities provided along with mini lessons and independent practice. Wrap up the genre study with a debate, essay, group discussion, or group activity.
Teach students to write outstanding introduction and conclusion paragraphs for persuasive/argument and informative/explanatory/expository essays.
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These lessons come from two larger units. Depending on your needs, it could be better deal to buy the units than the individual pieces!
Complete set of 3 video courses--over two full hours of video tutorials--teaching you and your students how to use Google Drive and three of its most academically useful tools: Docs, Slides, and Forms.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Teaching Unit, Narrative of Frederick Douglass Novel Guide, Frederick Douglass Book Study
This Literature Guide for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave is written using time-tested best practices for teachin
This beautiful set of 10 graphic organizer posters -- with four color options -- will help your students learn to use text structures to improve reading and writing. Used in conjunction with my Graphic Organize
Fantastic for the beginning of the year, this unit instructs the Literary Essay creatively, through informative template graphics and step by step prompts. Upon completion, students will feel confident in their understanding of the importance, applicability and necessity of the literary essay.
Middle School Masters has created a classroom-tested 5-day lesson plan aligned to the Common Core for "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" that includes:
daily vocabulary activities
full text of story ready for annotations
informative writing assignment
Journalism Writing Self-Editing/Self-Check Handout for Students - offered in Microsoft Word so you can customize it!
Do you have time to edit students' rough drafts? Isn't reading & grading final drafts time consuming enough? Do math teachers pre-grade homework & tests, turn them back to
*Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions
*Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions
*Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions Comprehension
*Differentiated Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions
*Enrichment Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Co
Understanding text structure when reading is key to comprehension and key to writing informative texts. In this resource, you will find FULL sized text passages that include multiple text structures throughout. It also includes tasks that require students to approach topics from a writer's perspecti
This bundle promotes active reading and review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Additionally, it measures reading comprehension and encourages exploration of character development and the concept of heroism, among other things. If you are teaching The Hobbit for the first time or a
Want more spare time? EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER needs the HUGE savings available with this awesome bundle! It's all done for you! Complete lesson plans, notes, PowerPoint presentations, students' activities, and editable tests to cover FICTION and NONFICTION reading and writing skills!
*Introductions and Conclusions Bundle
*Bundle Includes Lessons: Several Methods, Creative Hook, Quote, General Statement and Detail Statements
*Activities for Introductions and Conclusions Identification
*Introductions and Conclusions Comprehension
*Differentiated Activities for Introductions and C
* Quotes as Supporting Evidence
* Supporting Evidence in Writing
* Activities for using Quotes as Supporting Evidence
* Supporting Evidence in Writing Comprehension
* Differentiated Activities for Supporting Evidence in Writing Comprehension
* Enrichment Activities for Suppor
This lesson is designed to help students build knowledge about writing great introductory paragraphs using a Common Core basis. The lesson can be taught in one of three ways. One way is for you or a substitute to teach this lesson in one to two class periods. A second way is for you to divide the d
This bundle truly has it all! Projects come with specific directions, requirements, rubrics and answer keys (when necessary). Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and/or individually to complete the following assignments:
This 10 page, Christmas themed assignment offers students the opportunity to practice the Literary Essay based on their response to the critically acclaimed film, "It's a wonderful Life". This assignment requires no prep and is a fantastic student led assignment which, after initial class discussion
Teach yourself and your students to make the most of Google Docs with this 14-lesson video course, including printable Quick Notes and a differentiated Skills Challenge, to apply what you learn right away!
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
*Several Methods of Introductions and Conclusions
*Lesson Includes: Interesting Question, Riddle, Opinion, Definition, Figurative Language, Significant Quotation, Personal Experience
*Activities for Introductions and Conclusions Identification
*Introductions and Conclusions Comprehension
With the HUMOR and knowledge of five expert pigs your lessons on paragraph writing will not be a BOAR! This CCRS aligned resource helps students not only write better paragraphs through scaffolded, high interest teaching materials but also provides test prep practice and review concerning the follo
Recently updated and expanded, this COMPLETE NOVEL UNIT BUNDLE includes all of the individual products that I offer for my Who Done It -And Then There Were None series. This unit is PACKED with super fun and original activities & writing prompts and has everything you need ready to go!
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)
- Suitable for grades 6 – 8
- High-interest, real-world topics
- Common core aligned
- Fun, playing card theme
- Multiple text genres: opinion, definition, process, descriptive, narrative, cause and effect, and compare and contrast.
- 4 categories covering the essential components of paragraph writi
Think like a Geographer lesson plan includes a power point presentation, sample foldable activity or students, as well as a note-taking worksheet.
2. The five themes of geography
3. Types of geographers
4. Geographer's tools
5. Geography Careers
This bundle includes the first TWELVE technology lessons we have available in our store.
Middle school and high school students LOVE these lessons! We developed these lessons for a project-based working environment and works great with any Project Based Learning or STEM goals. We give you the optio
Welcome to your indispensable writing resource! I’ll be very surprised if you don’t use this handbook during every writing block in your classroom. It’s an essential reference for applying Common Core State Standards any time, anywhere.
*General Statement and Detail Statements Introduction and Conclusion
*Activities for General Statement and Detail Statements Introduction and Conclusion Identification
*General Statement and Detail Statements Introduction and Conclusion Comprehension
*Differentiated Activities for General Statement
Try It Before You Buy It! This free basic rubric is used first, then followed by the rest of the rubrics available for purchase as the class progresses in their writing skills.
Included in this resource:
✓ How I Use This Resource
✓ 5 Paragraph Basic Rubric 1 - Wit
*Quote / Quotation Introductions and Conclusions
*Activities for Quote / Quotation Introductions and Conclusions Identification
*Quote / Quotation Introductions and Conclusions Comprehension
*Differentiated Activities for Quote / Quotation Introductions and Conclusions
*Enrichment Activities for Quo
A great way to keep students engaged in learning Common Core skills
As I taught my 8th graders about outlining and how to plan a deliberate and logical organization for their essays, I realized that they needed some extra practice with the concept. So we came up with this fun little activity.
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Provided is a helpful graphic organizer to aid students in answering a research simulation prompt for the PARCC. My students have been using this formula to plan their essays for the research simulation section.
The Funnel Model is a visual representation of how the standard five paragraph essay should look regarding its scope, structure and balance. This unit includes 3 instructional pages and 4 activity pages.
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This lesson will help your secondary student write a well-developed paragraph.
Students receive a quote based on Civil Rights (the lesson can be easily adapted to use quotes of your choice). Students respond with a well-written paragraph. Every fifth person gets the same quote.
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After students learn about the Maya, they are going to assume the role of an artisan. The king has ordered your students to create a new currency. The currency must reflect the values and daily life of the Maya. For example, students may include topics about religion, social structure, city-state
This graphic organizer helps students write an introductory paragraph. The organizer prompts students to write sentences in a specific order to create a clear and concise introductory paragraph. It includes a resource page for students, and a blank graphic organizer. The organizer is great for stude