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Writing for Common Core # 1 (state test preparation)
Writing for Common Core is fantastic practice for state test preparation. The students must read a nonfiction passage and use the information within the passage in their composition. This product contains writing prompts with a specific passage for each prompt for the students to reference. A brains
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*BUNDLE*: CommUNITY Middle School Writing& Literacy Set: 56 pc. Clip Art!
SAVE by purchasing the bundle! This 56 piece writing/language arts themed clip-art set includes 16 middle school/older elementary aged student characters. BONUS: This set also includes 2 teachers, and 10 objects. 28 BW and 28 color. Images are about 4" by 7", 300 png with transparent background. (S
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Biography PDF Version
This desktop published PDF booklet covers the main components of a biography. Check out the preview file before you purchase. It allows students to insert or draw their own photos and pictures. Color in the booklet. It has a series of pre-made writing templates. Sections include: a) Biography titl
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CommUNITY Classroom Middle School Writing Set: 28 pc. Clip Art!
This 28 piece writing/language arts themed clip-art set includes 8 middle school/older elementary aged student characters. BONUS: This set also includes 1 reading teacher, and 5 objects. 14 BW and 14 color. Images are about 4" by 7", 300 png with transparent background. (Sizes vary). Each image i
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Free Space Background
This free space background is in png format with 300dpi. This free background is part of a larger set called "Backgrounds ~ Solar System" at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Backgrounds-Solar-System-1043321 and includes the following: The images are divided into three groups 6 Milky Wa
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Urban Legend Informative Speech
This a fun filler speech to be given in the month of October. I have used this speech in my high school speech (oral communications) course with students ranging from sophomores to seniors. Prior to this unit, students are introduced to basic speech structure and have given at least three speeches.
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Text Structures
This is a presentation that explains and defines 5 text structures: compare/contrast, spatial/descriptive, chronological, sequence/process, and problem/solution. There is a slide which defines and describes each process as well as an example slide for each. I have also included 10 slides that help
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Nonfiction Research Project Organizer-You're the Expert
Help for organizing information for Nonfiction research project presentations. This worksheet has space for "What is your stance," "Who are important people," "Where did important events take place," "When did they take place," etc.
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Understanding Theme/Thesis
A guide for students in understanding theme, finding the theme in a novel or story, and coming up with a theme (thesis) statement. Includes a comprehensive list of possible theme topics to aid them.
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Enlightenment Newspaper Article Project
This assignment is designed to give students practice with research and writing. This is perfect for practicing common core skills needed to do well on performance tasks. Students use textbooks and library materials to write a newspaper article about one of the Enlightenment Scientists. Before do
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Prewriting Graphic Organizer using RAFT - Free
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Common Core: Research Biography Unit Overview
This unit is an overview for teachers in teaching a biography research project. It includes the Common Core Standards for the lessons, learning targets, rationale, formative assessments, student activities, teacher and student resources, and student modifications and accommodations for special educa
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Springboard Grade 8 1.17 Writing Introductions for ELLs
This is scaffold created to model writing introductions for the expository definition essay on Heroism. It has the component, and a teacher model I created, which can be tweaked or modified per teacher and a box for the students to try.
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Writing an Autobiography Assignment
Give your students an easy to follow template to help them develop their own autobiographies. This is a great resource for the beginning of the school year, or when studying a unit on Autobiographies.
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Informative Essay Questionnaire
The questionnaire was designed to help students see how an informative piece of writing should be set-up and what each paragraph should include. It's also a great tool to use after students are comfortable with informative writing formats and to have them grade each other's informative writing piec
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Essay Writing Guidelines and Transition Words
A basic guide for "Dos" and "Do Nots" in essay writing as well as a list of words for transitioning between paragraphs or thoughts.
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6 Traits Writing Rubric
Often students do not completely understand what a rubric is assessing or how to use it when creating their original piece of writing. This rubric is student friendly and can be adapted to all different types of writing styles. It is currently formatted for Research because that is what we are cur
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Daily Big Words Usage for Teachers, Administrators and Students No. 4
These are “Big Words” specially prepared for those in the teaching profession or are associated with it. They can be used to help teachers and school administrators to do the following: 1. Stay abreast with English word usage – many teachers tend to forget the uses of many words because most of the
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POW TIDE graphic organizer
This POW TIDE graphic organizer is used for an analytical essay. You may use it for any essay prompt.
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Writing Awards
What better way to encourage your students in the daunting task of writing than to give them an award!
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Types of Essays
This product contains PowerPoint slides as well as Interactive notebook pages and a fun activity to teach your students about the 4 types of essays: persuasive, informative, descriptive, and narrative.
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Creative Writing Homework Menu
A selection of over 20 different independent learning tasks to improve creative writing.
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Fun STAAR  Expository Writing Warm-Ups
This warm-up set includes 20 Expository Writing Warm-Ups. It also includes an Expository Explanation page that defines the four Expository Writing tasks as to "Describe," "Explain," "Clarify," and "Evaluate." These are great skills for students to practice leading up to writing their STAAR Expositor
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Suspense in "The Monkey's Paw" - Using Text Evidence
I use this writing outline as students are beginning develop literary analysis skills. After we read, "The Monkey's Paw", students use text evidence to show the literary elements that the author uses to create suspense in the story. It's a basic outline for a basic paragraph on a great short story t
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45 Sayings to Compliment Your Students' Writing
Let’s face it…students love positive feedback when they write, but sometimes it is challenging as a teacher to come up with positive feedback without being repetitive. I was tired of writing “super”, “wow”, and “awesome” on students’ work. Use these 45 sayings as a “cheat sheet” when you want to c
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Transitional Words and Phrases chart in Spanish
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Research Paper Editing and Revision Checklist
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Research Paper Outline Template
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Expository Writing Starter
Students can consider the quote and ideas about friendship to consider writing an expository piece to explain the qualities of a good friend.
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Book Challenge Reading Packet
Help your students become life-long readers with this 44 book reading challenge packet. It includes the template that students will fill out as they complete the packet and the breakdown of books by genre. Not only this, but it also includes possible titles for each genre. What happens when they
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RACE
These are pictures and step by step directions to have your class make a RACE foldable to keep in their notebook. The foldable has examples and reminds them what each step of RACE is asking them to do.
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Bilingual Recipe Book and Narrative Project
This project will give your students an opportunity to explore a meaningful dish for them and their family history. They will be able to share how special this dish is and how it allows their family to come together and share special moments. Not only this but they will be creating a bilingual reci
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Persuasive Writing Structure Hamburger
This fun hamburger handout details the persuasive writing structure as a guide for students studying this writing genre. It is aimed to be used in conjunction with an explicit lesson but give students visual support when they eventually move to independent writing.
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Christmas Expository FREEBIE!
Students will pick a person who is special to them, and decide what they would give them for the holidays. This is an expository essay where students will have to brainstorm the person/gift they would pick, and the meaning behind it. Perfect way to practice wonderful expository writing using creativ
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Story Starter Ideas for Writing
List of writing prompts ready to use in the classroom.
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Expository Prompt: Superpower
I sometimes feel that we kill and drill our students, I thought I would throw in a little mix. I thought a fun expository prompt might be an interesting little change for our students during the week of benchmarks.
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Author's Purpose
Use this worksheet to teach students about the three reasons that authors write. There is a cut and past activity located at the bottom of the worksheet
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Expository Paragraph - Advertising - Aristotle 4 Elements of Appeal
Students will have the experience of comparing 2 Advertisements, identifying the changes made to the second Advertisement that make it more effective. The ad concentrates on the visual, textual and language features the author has used to make the second ad more effective. Students will be able to w
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Persuasive - Advertising Placemat
I have created this persuasive advertising placemat, or poster, to help facilitate students understanding of visual, language and persuasive devices authors purposefully use to create effective persuasive texts. I have had great success with my students, using the placemat to identify features and
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How to summarize Non-fiction
Diagram or flow chart on the steps to summarizing non fiction
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Informative Writing/Genius Hour (Common Core Aligned)
This product was created to use with a 5th-grade Informative Research & writing unit. I also use this with my genius hour students (same process). Included: 1st Draft Outline: 7 pages Student proficiency scale 10 Informative Hook posters using Pop Culture (Spongebob) 4 Essential Question poste
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Descriptive Writing Exercise: Write What You See
This power point provides an exercise (mini lesson) for students to examine descriptive writing. Students write in more detail with each picture shown for the exercise. A discussion slide at the end of the power point provides the opportunity for students to reflect on improving existing writing pr
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Autobiography Writing Project
This Autobiography Writing Project is designed to be an extended writing activity that allows students to reflect on and share impactful moments from throughout their lives. Students will compose a series of personal narratives throughout the duration of a semester or course and a component of the f
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Session 7-11 Up the Ladder Opinion Spanish Resources
Included are all of the resources needed to teach these sessions in Spanish. Student samples, editing checklist, essays. etc. in Spanish Lucy Calkins
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Is my Speech Easy to Read Rubric in Spanish
Lucy Calkins Up the Ladder -Opinion Is my Speech Easy to Read Rubric translated
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Give Powerful Speeches Rubric
Up the Ladder-Opinion rubric translates Lucy Calkins Give powerful speeches rubric translated
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Evidence Writers Include in Their Opinion Writing Chart in Spanish
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Book Review Template For Grades 6 - 8
Writing and thinking are closely connected. Writing, like reading, needs to be taught through explicit, sequential, multi-sensory instruction Using research based strategies, students can develop into proficient writers where by they will learn, through modeling and practice, to critically analyze,
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Persuasive Writing Plan
Persuasive Writing Plan for helping students to organise their ideas before writing. Excellent for teaching children the structure of persuasive writing and for giving support to those who may find it difficult.
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Writing Conference Boxes
These writing boxes are a fast and super easy way to organize your daily or weekly anecdotal notes/grades for writing. You can keep them in a binder or cut them and tape them to the individual writing pieces. They are also editable, which will help you to adapt it to any type of writing or score.
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Tips for Writing Academic Essays Like a Boss!!
Created for students who want to get higher scores on essays, but are struggling... After teaching students from both the elementary and high school levels to write essays for quite a few years, I carefully considered their mistakes... As such I put together this resource with the student/author in
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