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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
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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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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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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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Transition Words Flipbook
Transition Words Flipbook
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: → time/seque
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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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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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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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NONFICTION TEXT STRUCTURE READING /WRITING: POWERPOINT, NOTES, WORKSHEETS & TEST
NONFICTION TEXT STRUCTURE READING /WRITING: POWERPOINT, NOTES, WORKSHEETS & TEST
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 perspectiv
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FICTION AND NONFICTION TEACH, PRACTICE, TEST GROWING BUNDLE
FICTION AND NONFICTION TEACH, PRACTICE, TEST GROWING BUNDLE
If you are looking for easy-to-use unit plans, practice worksheets, activities, and tests to teach all of the CCSS for reading literature and informational text, this is it! Best yet, these lessons are designed to teach to mastery, using the awesome, step-by-step, gradual release of responsibility me
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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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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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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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Transitions Word Wall (English + Spanish) ~ Common Core 4-12
Transitions Word Wall (English + Spanish) ~ Common Core 4-12
Transitions Word Wall (English + Spanish) ~ Common Core 4-12 This download contains a teacher guide with the word wall title “Transitions”, 4 categories: Time, Compare & Contrast, Order & Sequence, and Conclusion headings. All of which contain 10 common transition words o
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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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Argumentative Writing Transitional Phrases
Argumentative Writing Transitional Phrases
Argumentative Writing is a more structured and formal style of writing than what many students are used to. The Argumentative Transitional Phrases chart helps students address the various components with higher-level sentence starters. This is intended to be used as a reference sheet as students prac
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Conjunctive Adverbs Handout
Conjunctive Adverbs Handout
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 smoot
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Mayan Civilization Project: Newspaper About Culture and Daily Life
Mayan Civilization Project: Newspaper About Culture and Daily Life
This project gives students the opportunity to delve deep in to the culture of the Mayan civilization. As journalists, the task of your students is to capture the major issues and events of the era. While there is a lot of room for creativity and an opportunity for originality, students will base t
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Informational Writing Bundle: Cause/Effect, Sequence, Problem/Solution
Informational Writing Bundle: Cause/Effect, Sequence, Problem/Solution
This common core aligned witting unit is perfect for grades 6-8. Everything you and your students need is right here! The standards have been broken down for understanding. There are informational sheets to explain each component of informational writing (hook, thesis statement, transitions, using do
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Classroom Mini Poster Set: Transitions
Classroom Mini Poster Set: Transitions
Print this 69-page transition set for use in your classroom. Would be great hanging around the perimeter, or in a writing corner, a word wall, etc. They are black and white so as to save on color ink, but you could always print on colored paper! The set includes the following categories and transit
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Van Gogh's Chairs-Compare/Contrast
Van Gogh's Chairs-Compare/Contrast
My position as a writing teacher at an Elementary School of Arts required that I teach through the arts.Therefore, I designed this lesson in Compare and Contrast, as a Classroom Teacher, It is also a good resource for Art Teachers, It provides an excellent example of how two well-known artists
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Writing Mechanics
Writing Mechanics
I am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with a master's in reading and literacy and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development. My students regularly score higher on reading and writing tests regardless of the format of the tests. Teaching students to
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24 Spelling/Homophone Task Cards
24 Spelling/Homophone Task Cards
Do you have students that spell the same words incorrectly over and over? Do they also misuse simple words like there, your, and definitely? Do you wonder how they entered your class not being able to use those words? As a secondary teacher, I wonder that myself sometimes. That's why I created this S
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THE TELL-TALE HEART DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
THE TELL-TALE HEART DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
Post-reading, analytical discussion questions and five paragraph analysis essay instructions for Edgar Allan Poe's Tell-Tale Heart. This lesson probes students to think through the how/why of the story rather than simple 'what' questions. Lesson includes cultural, medical relevance regarding mental
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Informational Writing Bundle...Common Core Aligned
Informational Writing Bundle...Common Core Aligned
Product includes everything you need to teach a mini-unit on informational writing. Bundle Includes: 1) UbD unit 2) PowerPoint presentation 3) Handouts 4) Rubric
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Explanatory/ Informational Rubric (aligned with Common Core)
Explanatory/ Informational Rubric (aligned with Common Core)
I assembled this rubric using several different rubrics as models: MAISA, M-Step, 6+1 Traits, and other items I felt worked. The forty points can be accumulated precisely if the student has all On-Target points plus 8 processing points. When I use this rubric, I allow the students to see the prompt o
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Sequential Writing Packet
Sequential Writing Packet
Student packet to help walk students through the sequential writing process from start to finish! This packet focuses on putting steps in order using an outline format and adding transition words to move smoothly from one step to the next. This is a great and simple introductory writing unit for Midd
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And Then There Were None Activities & Writing Prompts
And Then There Were None Activities & Writing Prompts
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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8th Grade Writing Tasks - Authentic Tasks for the Modern Student
8th Grade Writing Tasks - Authentic Tasks for the Modern Student
This booklet of 5 FabAWESOME writing tasks have been created to give students the chance to explore authentic writing (what writing looks like in real life). The tasks are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and are inspired by Higgins’ and McTighe’s G.R.A.S.P.S. model. Three growth-based rubr
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Transitions are like Waiters: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Transitions are like Waiters: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
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, an
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