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ARGUMENT WRITING, NARRATIVE WRITING, & INFORMATIONAL  WRITING UNITS 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. These highly-rated writing units include everything you need! Each writing resource is comprehensive and easy to use. The lessons at a
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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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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 includ
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Writing Competition – Great Feedback with NO GRADING from You! "Survive" Theme
UPDATE – You can learn more about this writing contest at my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46cEHf0UoOU Tired of grading endless stacks of essays? Want to lighten your grading load while still having students write and rece
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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
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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, o
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Writing Competition – Great Feedback w/NO GRADING for You! "Make It Write" Theme
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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
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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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 yo
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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! This IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my WRITING RESO
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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 t
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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 m
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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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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 wr
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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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RESEARCH PAPER: FEATURE ARTICLE WRITER'S WORKSHOP IN MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH
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
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Research Papers - Writing Body Paragraphs
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
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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, stude
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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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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 mul
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Causes of Civil War: Create Videos to show Major Events that led to Civil War!
Causes of Civil War: Create Videos to show Major Events that led to Civil War! This lesson is included in the larger The Civil War Unit, located here: Civil War: 14 engagin
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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 gr
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Literary Essay Writing Unit - Instruction and Practice (COMMON CORE ALIGNED)
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. Wha
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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
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The Hobbit Mega-Bundle: Quizzes, Test, Project, Guide, Keys, and More
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
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Maya Aztecs Incas Unit Activities
Students will have the opportunity to create poems, skits, currencies, newspapers, timeline, training guides, advertisements, movie trailers, scrapbooks, speeches, visuals, brochures, timelines, commercials, role-plays, task cards, board games, talk shows and more!
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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 diora
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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 Suppor
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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. Th
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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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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 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
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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 in
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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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And Then There Were None COMPLETE UNIT (bundled/expanded)
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 pr
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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 connect
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Civil War "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals! Posters and Log for Civil War!
Civil War "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals! Posters and Log for Civil War! This resource is included as part of the Civil War Unit and the American History "I Can" Statement and Learning Goal Log Bundle, located here:
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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
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 eac
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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
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
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Tell Tale Heart Police Report
A great activity to teach point of view, the students will complete a police report as if they were responding to the neighbor's call. The students must demonstrate their comprehension of the story and their ability to use textual evidence to describe the crime scene and explain what they found.
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Playlist of My School Year: An End-of-the-Year Writing Assignment for 6-12
May can be a trying month for secondary teachers. This engaging end-of-the-year writing activity is an excellent way to keep students writing without having to take home stacks of research papers to grade when the weather is beautiful! With this product, students will reflect on their school year,
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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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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 - Wit
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Mayan Civilization Project: Design Mayan Currency to Represent History & Culture
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
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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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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 Se
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Life As We Knew It Test & Key
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It also assesses a student's ability to write claims in an analysis of the text and its characters using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence. An answer key is included. For a breakdown
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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 an
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Aztecs Unit - 8 Activities and Projects
Students will have the opportunity to create the following: timelines, advertisements, posters, training manuals, movie trailers, scrapbooks, farewell speeches, illustrated epic poems, brochures and poems! Timeline of Aztec History
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