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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. District/school wi
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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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Writing Competition – Great Feedback w/NO GRADING for You! "Make It Write" 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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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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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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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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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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Transitions are like Waiters: 45-Minute 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, a
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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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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/sequ
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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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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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Events Leading to Civil War: Students Create Common Videos for Civil War intro!
Events Leading to Civil War: Students Create Common Videos for Civil War intro! This lesson is included in the larger The Civil War Unit, located here: Civil War: 14 engagi
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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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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 perspecti
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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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FICTION & NONFICTION TEACH, PRACTICE, TEST GROWING BUNDLE- MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH
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!
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Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
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 E
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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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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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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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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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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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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 pra
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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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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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SPECIAL PRICE: 50$ OFF for the month of August! Save $240.00 (usually $190.00) by purchasing everything in my store, over 6,500 pages/slides and nearly an hour of original video content, all on DVD! Get ready-to-use resources for a huge variety of standards and topics that cover almost every requi
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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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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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Mayan Civilization Unit - 5 Student-Centered Projects
Students will have the opportunity to create a timeline, poem, currency, skit and newspaper about the Mayan Civilization! Timeline of the Mayan Civilization
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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
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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
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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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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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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 t
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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 smoo
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Peer Review Checklist
This is a checklist for students to peer review each other's essays. It has a section for students to ask their peer reviewer to check certain areas, as well as a "things done well" and "things that need work" box.
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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
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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 d
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Comparing Dystopias with The Giver
Dystopian literature is one of the most popular genres in young adult fiction today, with numerous examples that can be analyzed by students. After discussing dystopian elements that can be found in The Giver with this PowerPoint lesson, students can then pick any other dystopian film or novel of th
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Middle School Writing Practice DISCOUNT BUNDLE-Perfect for Back to School!
Let's face it: teaching writing is hard. There are a million little skills, it's subjective, and it can be overwhelming. I can't tell you how many times I've been in the middle of a writing unit and thought, "I wish I had a practice activity for ____." So, I decided to make a practice activity for
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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 transi
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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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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
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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