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Interactive Research Papers & Essays for Common Core Writing Grades 3-8
Interactive Research Papers & Essays for Common Core Writing Grades 3-8
Prefer a spiral bound hard copy? I have a very limited number for sale here. This is the companion to my Interactive Writing Notebooks, picking up where it leaves off
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ARGUMENT WRITING, NARRATIVE WRITING, & INFORMATIONAL  WRITING BUNDLE
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. District/school wid
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Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox: Printables for Nearly Every Standard
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 l
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Of Mice and Men Unit Plan, FOUR FULL WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons, CCSS
Of Mice and Men Unit Plan, FOUR FULL WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons, CCSS
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 include
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Writing Competition – Great Feedback with NO GRADING from You! "Survive" Theme
Writing Competition – Great Feedback with NO GRADING from You! "Survive" Theme
Tired of grading endless stacks of essays? Want to lighten your grading load while still having students write and receive meaningful feedback on their work? The answer is to host this writing competition. Students enter their writing into a series of peer-review competitions during this week-long a
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How to Write Email, Email Netiquette, Effective Real-World Business Writing CCSS
How to Write Email, Email Netiquette, Effective Real-World Business Writing CCSS
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 t
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Lamb to the Slaughter short story, Dahl, lit. analysis & real-world writing task
Lamb to the Slaughter short story, Dahl, lit. analysis & real-world writing task
Use the black humor of Roald Dahl’s well-known short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter," to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes links to the full text of the story, detailed instructions, a 9-question deep-thinking handout (with detailed answer key, of
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Writing Competition – Great Feedback w/NO GRADING for You! "Make It Write" Theme
Writing Competition – Great Feedback w/NO GRADING for You! "Make It Write" Theme
Tired of grading endless stacks of essays? Want to lighten your grading load while still having students write and receive meaningful feedback on their work? The answer is to host this writing competition. Students enter their writing into a series of peer-review competitions during this week-long
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The Necklace, two-day plan, dynamic approach to de Maupassant’s short story
The Necklace, two-day plan, dynamic approach to de Maupassant’s short story
Use the classic short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes the full story with attractive illustrations, an 8-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), an interactive Prezi
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Expository Informative Explanatory Writing Unit Editable Common Core Bundle
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
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Main Idea Writing a Summary: Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing
Main Idea Writing a Summary: Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing
Writing a Summary: Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing Activities - NO PREP - Just print and go! Summarizing is a life-long skill. Our students will enter the real world soon and will find themselves having to summarize many different types of work for employers, employees, and even clients.
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Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst, 3-day lesson, lit. analysis & writing tasks, CCSS
Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst, 3-day lesson, lit. analysis & writing tasks, CCSS
Use the heart-breaking short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This three-day lesson plan includes a 7-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters), a pre-writing organizing task that will get you
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MLA Format and Style: Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page
MLA Format and Style: Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page
MLA Format; MLA Style; MLA Handbook, 7th Edition (2008); Works Cited Give your students the tools they need to master in-text citations and Works Cited pages. This 7 page product includes a succinct and clear overview of the types of sources and how to cite each, explanations and examples of the mo
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Research-Based Writing for Teens, Use Blog Approach to Practice Research, CCSS
Research-Based Writing for Teens, Use Blog Approach to Practice Research, CCSS
Tired of reading page after page of uninspired research papers? Let’s face it – our kids hate writing research essays, which causes us to be exhausted when reading their half-hearted efforts. A far better approach to teach the Common Core informative/explanatory writing skills our students need is to
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Essay Writing Resources Bundle
Essay Writing Resources Bundle
Writing instruction has never been easier using my Essay Writing Resources Bundle (Argument, Persuasive, Informational, Explanatory, Expository). The skills practiced are standards-based, aligned with the Common Core State Standards. This is a BUNDLE of the following products:
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Interlopers, Saki short story, 45-min. lesson, lit. analysis & writing task
Interlopers, Saki short story, 45-min. lesson, lit. analysis & writing task
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 wri
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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..."
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 k
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Research Papers - Writing Body Paragraphs
Research Papers - Writing Body Paragraphs
Research Papers - Body Paragraphs. 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 "Research Sandwich" formula guides students st
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RESEARCH PAPER: FEATURE ARTICLE WRITER'S WORKSHOP
RESEARCH PAPER: FEATURE ARTICLE WRITER'S WORKSHOP
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, th
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The Cask of Amontillado
The Cask of Amontillado
"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe This activity assesses students' knowledge of characterization, irony, point of view, reliable and unreliable narrator as well as reading comprehension, evaluation skills, and citing specific references from the text to prove points. In addition, studen
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Dystopia Literature Circles for Any Dystopian Fiction
Dystopia Literature Circles for Any Dystopian Fiction
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. Use mult
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Expository Writing - Identifying Text Structure
Expository Writing - Identifying Text Structure
Expository Writing: Identifying Text Structure Activity. Practice identifying correct text structure. Students identify the type of writing they would use for each writing task: process, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, or persuasion. 12 different scenarios for writing. Students can work in gro
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Writing Journalism Self Editing Self Check Handout {Editable}
Writing Journalism Self Editing Self Check Handout {Editable}
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 t
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Christmas: "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" Unit Gr. 6-8
Christmas: "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" Unit Gr. 6-8
What better time to explore a famous poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” than during December, which leads up to “the season of giving”? This delightful poem introduces The Grinch, one of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable characters, and give us much to ponder regarding the true meaning of Christmas. Thi
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New Years Resolutions 2017 - Writing Activities
New Years Resolutions 2017 - Writing Activities
I can almost hear the groaning as we start thinking up our New Years Resolutions...not this year!! ***Teachers, you'll love that these pages are *evergreen* and may be used year after year, not just for New Year 2017!*** This set of New Years Resolutions (self-evaluation)
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It's a Wonderful Life - Literary Essay Writing (Christmas Activity)
It's a Wonderful Life - Literary Essay Writing (Christmas Activity)
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,
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The Hobbit Mega-Bundle: Quizzes, Test, Project, Guide, Keys, and More
The Hobbit Mega-Bundle: Quizzes, Test, Project, Guide, Keys, and More
This Common Core aligned bundle is intended to promote active reading and review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Additionally, it aims to measure student reading comprehension and encourage exploration of character development and the concept of heroism, among other things. If you are teach
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Greek Mythology Projects
Greek Mythology Projects
After a mythology unit, this product will be great for students to use their creativity to create something that shows their understanding of things learned in the unit. The product includes 6 project ideas that students can pick from which include: - dressing up as a god/goddess - creating a dioram
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4 Common Core MS Models/Prompts for Argumentative/Informational Writing +Bonus
4 Common Core MS Models/Prompts for Argumentative/Informational Writing +Bonus
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 int
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QUOTES as Supporting Evidence - Middle School
QUOTES as Supporting Evidence - Middle School
* 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 Support
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Science Calendar Making Project (also good for Chemistry, Biology and more)
Science Calendar Making Project (also good for Chemistry, Biology and more)
This is a fun and simple research project that is appropriate for science, chemistry, biology, physics or tech classes. This project is a great way to hit many of the COMMON CORE STANDARDS for Writing and Language for Grades 6-11. Download the preview to see the entire list of common core connecti
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Common Core Aligned Paragraphs and Pigs:  Teaching Paragraph Writing with Humor
Common Core Aligned Paragraphs and Pigs: Teaching Paragraph Writing with Humor
With the HUMOR and knowledge of five expert pigs your lessons on paragraph writing will not be a BOAR! This resource not only helps students write better paragraphs through scaffolded, high interest teaching materials but also provides test prep practice concerning the following skills: main idea, t
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Mesoamerica Bundle: Maya, Aztecs & Incas - Activities & Projects
Mesoamerica Bundle: Maya, Aztecs & Incas - Activities & Projects
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: ✓ 43
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And Then There Were None UNIT (bundled)
And Then There Were None UNIT (bundled)
High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless suspense, this novel is sure to be an instant hit with your
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Common Core Writing Standards and Guiding Questions Handbook - 8th Grade
Common Core Writing Standards and Guiding Questions Handbook - 8th Grade
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. *******************************************************
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Writing Research/Expository for Middle School - Birds/Fish Topic
Writing Research/Expository for Middle School - Birds/Fish Topic
Thank you for looking at my product! This lesson's topic is geared around fish and birds for paragraph research! What is paragraph research??? Paragraph research is a technique I created to help students understand the basics of doing research. '(I'm sure many other teachers do this as well, I j
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Writing Task Cards
Writing Task Cards
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)
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The Monkey' Paw by W. W. Jacobs: Mentor Sentences, Quiz, and Writing Activities
The Monkey' Paw by W. W. Jacobs: Mentor Sentences, Quiz, and Writing Activities
This file includes a lesson plan, quiz, mentor sentence activity, theme analysis questions, and a writing activity for The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. * The multiple choice quiz is basic. I use it for comprehension only, not analysis. 10 questions, multiple choice with 3 possible answers for each
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Informative/Explanatory Writing Basic Rubric CCSS Aligned for 6th-12th FREEBIE!
Informative/Explanatory Writing Basic Rubric CCSS Aligned for 6th-12th FREEBIE!
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 - With
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FULL STORE BUNDLE - Get Every Product in My Store!
FULL STORE BUNDLE - Get Every Product in My Store!
Save $120.00 by purchasing everything in my store, over 6,300 pages, all on a single DVD! Get ready-to-use resources for a huge variety of standards and topics that cover almost every requirement in the Common Core Standards for grades 6 through 12! I had several buyers request some way to purchase
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Flip It to Phrase It: Steps to paraphrasing textual evidence for writing
Flip It to Phrase It: Steps to paraphrasing textual evidence for writing
A method for paraphrasing text when writing to inform, explain, argue or write your opinion. Simple steps to teach students how to paraphrase information that supports their text-based writing and citing the text.
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Gratitude Survey, Sentence Combining, & Literacy Center CCSS Writing Activities
Gratitude Survey, Sentence Combining, & Literacy Center CCSS Writing Activities
This engaging resource was primarily designed not only to help students develop an attitude of gratitude but also to help students achieve better sentence variety through sentence combining. It is a good test prep resource in that sentence combining is found on many major, yearly tests. This resour
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Mayan Civilization Project: Design Mayan Currency to Represent History & Culture
Mayan Civilization Project: Design Mayan Currency to Represent History & Culture
Description 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,
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Building an Informative Body Paragraph: Vocabulary, Examples, Sentence Starters
Building an Informative Body Paragraph: Vocabulary, Examples, Sentence Starters
I use these slides in my 8th grade ELA classroom to introduce informative writing vocabulary and model building a body paragraph of an informative piece. Students examine both sides of a controversial topic and write an essay as a summative assessment. These slides will help students make claims and
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Informative Writing Introduction
Informative Writing Introduction
This Informative Writing PowerPoint is a great way to get the students involved in the writing process. After teaching it to my students this past week, the kids really did grab ahold to the writing process. Introduction: Hook, Background Information, and Thesis Statement Body Paragraphs: Topic Sen
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Bundle of the Mayan Civilization - 5 Student-Centered Projects
Bundle of the Mayan Civilization - 5 Student-Centered Projects
All products are sold separately in my store, but you will save a lot of $$ by purchasing this bundle. All guidelines, requirements, and rubrics are included! Included in the Product: ✓ Timeline of the Mayan Civilization
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Instagram Project - Social Reforms
Instagram Project - Social Reforms
This activity is formatted for a social studies classroom focused on social reforms. This assignment asks students to choose a reform, then take or find pictures that show two examples of their reform (or the ideas/goals of the change), and two non-examples of the reform. Having students find pictu
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Writing Editing Checklists
Writing Editing Checklists
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 p
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Persuasive Writing Checklist for Grades 8-12
Persuasive Writing Checklist for Grades 8-12
This checklist includes bulleted circles to check off when an item is completed. The checklist includes Pre-writing, Topic, Topic Sentence (argument verbs), Reasons with Evidence, Conclusion (restate topic, summarize reasons and call to action), and Mechanics (Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Active
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Commas Part 2:  Nonessential Modifiers
Commas Part 2: Nonessential Modifiers
Commas Part 2 Print & Go Grammar Pages No Prep, No Stress Grammar Printables for Secondary ELA! Use these four handy handouts to introduce and practice the grammar concepts of commas with nonessential modifiers: adjective clauses and participial phrases. Great for ACT review! The resource
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Greek Mythology Drawing Assignment FREEBIE!
Greek Mythology Drawing Assignment FREEBIE!
This assignment asks students to pick their favorite god/goddess or monster and sketch him/her/it with many details. Students must draw the character with the symbols he/she/it possesses, the powers he/she/it may have, etc. Basically, students will follow the guidelines on the handout to create a cha
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Heroes of the Holocaust/Prejudice Unit Research Template with Argument Writing
Heroes of the Holocaust/Prejudice Unit Research Template with Argument Writing
I have just finished this assignment with my 8th grade English students and the ideas that they have been coming up with are astonishing! This topic has been extremely powerful and thought-provoking for students! The hand-outs allow students to review the definitions of claims and evidence for Argume
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