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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 glance p
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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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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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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 receive meaningful feedback on their work? The answer is to ho
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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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Paragraph of the Week - Paragraph Writing with 60 Writing Prompts - Grades 6-8
This ready-to-use set of printables includes everything you need to provide your middle school students with fun and effective paragraph writing practice. You can use this as a Paragraph of the Week program, at a literacy center, as homework or in whatever way works for your curriculum. ~~~~~~~~~~~
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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 receive meaningful feedback on their work? The answer is to ho
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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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Writing with the RACE Strategy
This product contains 10 ready-to-use passages and short response questions to guide students through the use of the RACE strategy. RACE is a writing strategy to help students answer passage-based, short response questions in a formal style, with using clear reasons and text evidence, and to provide
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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: ALL of my W
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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 RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE. Summarizing is a life-long skill. Our students will enter the real world soon and will find themselves having to
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 engaging, Common Core lessons to teach American Civil War Unit! Buy the bundle and save 35%! ----------------------------- In this
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FICTION & NONFICTION UNITS -TEACH PRACTICE TEST GROWING BUNDLE-MIDDLE SCHOOL ELA
EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER needs the time-saving resources available with this HUGE, comprehensive bundle. It is chock full of middle school ELA units! It's ready to go; everything has been done for you! Complete lesson plans, notes, PowerPoint presentations, students' activities, and edit
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Create an Animal Writing Activity: Fun Informative & Explanatory Writing Lesson
Puts their informative/explanatory writing to the test and smiles on their faces! Students get to be creative and have fun, yet they must also use their best writing skills. The purpose for their writing becomes so clear during this lesson -- which is to have their partners draw exactly what they've
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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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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! 43 Entrance & Exit Slips Clic
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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 are simply in need
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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 resource, students will reflect on their school year
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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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TEST PREP Understanding Prompts for State Writing Tests Powerpoint
TEST PREP Understanding Prompts for State Writing Tests PowerPoint. Taking a state writing test or preparing for the writing portion of a state test? PowerPoint presentation helps students prepare for state tests by learning how to understand what type of essay they are expected to write. Students
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Common Core Aligned Paragraphs and Pigs:  Teaching Paragraph Writing with Humor
Great paragraph writing unit for SUMMER school. 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 t
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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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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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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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YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES Novel Study
Learning the recent history of North Korea through the eyes of a young girl, students are fascinated with the events that she and her family endure. This autobiography brings 1945 into focus and explains the separation of Korea while readers experience the strength of the ten year old narrator and
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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) ***Available as a separat
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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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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 of each i
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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 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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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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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 Click here for more information Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students w
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Reading and Writing Strategies:  Learn how to Write an Essay: Who Owns the Moon?
Students will learn how to write an essay by examining a short article about the ownership of the moon answering the essential question: Who owns the moon? Here is what is in the packet: 1. A short article about the ownership of the moon. Here is a sample of the article: Land on the moon is fo
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CALL ME FRANCIS TUCKET - Quick Quizzes and Writing Prompts
For Gary Paulsen's Call Me Francis Tucket, here are Quick Quizzes for each chapter in a variety of styles - two chapter quizzes per page. These may be used as is with two chapters per page, or cut in half and each used like an exit ticket for that specific chapter. Answer Key is included. - True/
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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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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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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. Please rate and review the product after purchase. :)
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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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Research and Explanatory Essay Transition Words Practice
This is a quick practice for students to work on using transition words in their explanatory, research, or response to literature essays. There is a paragraph with six blanks. A corresponding word bank helps students figure out the best placement of each transition. This product is ready to print a
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