Teach your students to write solid argument essays step-by-step with my Argument Writing unit. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for grades 6-12. Newly updated to include EDITABLE handouts and rubrics in Google Drive (using Google Slides).
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You want your students to receive meaningful feedback on their papers and grow as writers. You also, though, need to have time to recharge on weekends and holidays without the burden of endless essay stacks hanging over your head.
With my five-minute-per-essay grading system, you’ll zip through you
Weary of students who slap quoted material into their essays without any framing or support? Fix this common mistake made by young writers with these interactive lesson materials.
Begin with a “pre-test”/skill assessment of students’ knowledge regarding M.L.A. citation formatting and concrete detai
Research paper complete unit.
Research papers made easy! This complete unit has everything you need to teach writing a research paper from start to finish.
***UPDATED***Now includes NEW MLA 8th edition citation guidelines.
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ESSAY WRITING: The revision process is a key component of good writing. Teach your high school or middle school English students about the importance of revision with these learning stations.
These learning stations are designed to take your students through the process of revising their essays,
Teach your students how to cite their sources! Newly updated to include MLA 8th edition (7th edition is also included).
MLA style and format for citations includes teaching instructions, practice exercises, interactive notebook flip book, and many examples. The citations are those your students use
Argument writing is an essential life skill that is much easier to teach when you have well-written mentor texts and a step-by-step process. Students will LOVE this argument writing unit, as well as the real-life application and mentor texts included here.
This argumentative writing unit is compreh
You know you need to show your students the right way to handle sourced material to prevent plagiarism, but the subject matter can be so dry, causing teens to tune out during your lecture. To fix this, use a lecture disguised as a game to help cover the basics of proper MLA source citation and plagi
Does it take you hours to grade a stack of student essays? Is your grading system too subjective and confusing? These one trait (or single trait) rubrics will help you refine your writing instruction, help students better understand characteristics of effective writing and how their work is assessed
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Writing doesn't come easily to many students; so to effectively teach writing we often need to GUIDE learners through the process. Hence these amazing 'Guided Writing' Packs!
Teach your students how to properly embed, cite, and explain quotes in their writing with this common core aligned lesson! Students will learn four different ways to embed quotes in their writing
This resource includes:
- a 57 slide EDITABLE PowerPoint presentation
Writing a Reach Paper PORTFOLIO: Grades 8-12 EDITABLE
This comprehensive portfolio will help your students master the research writing process in 6 steps-- indicated by organized tabs (topic selection, research, annotated bibliography, research outline, the writing process, and reflection).
Argument Writing Common Core-Aligned STUDENT GUIDE for Grades 6-12
Students won't struggle writing an argument with my student guide that lays out the fundamentals of an argument essay and takes them through the process with vibrant infographics. Address the claim, counterclaim, hook, conclusion, a
This scavenger hunt is a great pre-essay writing activity. Students will go on a color-coding scavenger hunt after reviewing all of the information required to write an essay, such as the requirements of a thesis statement, the placement of the topic sentence, where to include transition words, etc.
Paraphrase, Quote, Summarize: Teach your students how to paraphrase, quote, and summarize text with this mini-unit. Your students will learn the differences between paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing, and when to use each one in their writing.
There are two different files in the zipped
Evidence Based Terminology
These Evidence Based Terminology guides include the formal language students must use when citing text evidence, as well as references from fiction and nonfiction.
If your students struggle to use the proper transition words and phrase
This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, and "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl.
The unit could be great for Halloween, but you could teach it any time of the year. It contains everything you need to have yo
Students need to learn the rules in order to break them. Teach students about five paragraph essay structure with this bundle of lessons, ready to use before or during ANY essay assignment (or before standardized testing!).
Each lesson is intended to be concise and occur in one class period
Our Freak the Mighty Unit Teaching Package has 192+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
NOVEL: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
THESIS STATEMENT WRITING: Writing a strong thesis statements is always a challenge for students. This resource will help them understand what a thesis statement is, why it is important to have one, and what a strong thesis statement looks like.
Thesis statements: Writing a thesis statement can seem like an overwhelming task for many students. This packet includes informational handouts with ideas, explanations and worksheets to make the process easy. A complementary power point is included with ideas and tips for writing a great thesis sta
Introduce the art of writing argument with a visually-pleasing and engaging PowerPoint. Next, distribute a classroom set of the Persuasive Writing and Argument Writing Cheat Sheets to help students understand the fundamentals of the two genres.Then have students
As of March 2016, the SAT Essay requires students to closely examine an argument essay, noting the effectiveness of an author’s use of specific rhetorical devices. In this overview lecture and three full-hour lessons with optional extension writing activities, students will learn about the SAT Essay
Our Watsons Go to Birmingham Unit Teaching Package has 196+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
NOVEL: THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM by
Thesis statements are like menus: a promise of what is to come. Hook and satisfy your diners/readers with this lesson!
Use this easy simile to teach your students why essays need thesis statements, how they function in an essay overall, and what a “good” one looks like. This handout can be used as
This classroom-tested unit will take you and your students through the process of planning, drafting, revising, and polishing an argumentative (or persuasive) essay.
The first few days are structured, whole-class lessons. After that, the class moves into a series of writer’s workshop days as stude
This comprehensive essay writing bundle includes teaching resources and lessons for every part of an essay. The PowerPoint presentations included in this unit are color-coded, engaging, and filled good and bad examples to help your students improve their writing today. The teaching resources and sup
Our Bud, Not Buddy Unit Teaching Package has 300+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
TEXT: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
A fun, standards-based activity in which students manipulate parts of an essay to learn how they fit together.
I came up with the idea of "blown-up essays" when I was trying to think of a way to get students to learn by discovery how the parts of an essay work together, how a thesis statement relat
Help your learners trim all the fluffy fat from their essays before they turn them in to you. This Essay Writing Revision Checklist is a great tool to walk through with your students in class.
This has worked best for me when I (1) have the students bring a printe
Peer editing is made easy for secondary students with this resource. This download includes three common core aligned peer editing forms: argument essay peer editing, narrative essay peer editing, and informational essay peer editing.
Peer editing is a vital step in the writing pro
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.
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Help your students improve their writing today with this guided essay outline. This essay outline includes built-in differentiation and scaffolding to help younger writers, struggling writers, and proficient writers improve their writing skills.
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Leads (or some of you call them hooks) are one of the most important parts of a great piece of writing. I have worked months collecting great leads from some of the best children's authors... and NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO!!! This unit is classroom
Really nice for secondary teachers to use for informational texts and research paper assignment. Take the anguish of organization and toss it out! The flip book forces your students to keep the handouts together in one place. Research Paper Assignment: Editable Interactive Layered Flip Book
These writing posters will brighten up your classroom while reminding students how to write each part of an essay.
In teaching junior-high English, I've found that we often assign students to write essays without realizing that maybe they have no idea what a thesis statement is, what goes into a bo
Learning how to embed quotations is an important process to teach students, as most ELA curricula stresses the importance of students' ability to analyze texts (both literary and non-fiction), and then respond to them, citing textual evidence when doing so. Therefore, students need to become familia
Our A Christmas Carol Unit Teaching Package has 180+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
NOVEL: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
These 14 exit slips contain mentor texts on the task cards for analysis. They also contain useful writing tips and writing prompts to help students strengthen their argumentative writing skills in just a few minutes a day. Students analyze short excerpts of essays, evaluate the components that sho
If you’re tired of trying to sell the importance of grammar to your students, then maybe it’s time to let them discover for themselves why we still have to learn it!
First, students are introduced to the debate by reading recent, credible articles on whether or not grammar is important. Next, stude
Differentiated Writer's Workshop - Grades 6-12
This product provides an alternative way to conduct a writer's workshop for any type of essay.
- 6 station cards (for strong, average, and struggling readers/writers)
- Teacher instructions
With this writer's workshop, students will final
ESSAY WRITING RESOURCES
This essay bundle contains all the documents you will need to teach your high school (or late middle school) students proper essay writing. With engaging Powerpoint presentations, fun activities, graphic organizers, checklists, and more, your students will understand the ess
When writing informational texts, students need to know how to introduce a topic and how to write a concluding statement that supports the information presented in the writing. This handout is useful as a mini-lesson for that purpose. It outlines 7 ways that students can write introductions that gra
This mini-book is a great addition to any English Language Arts classroom and suitable for upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Students no longer have an excuse for misplacing their notes or not knowing how to properly use the various punctuation marks. Give students this mini-
When writing essays, students often struggle with structure. These resources are designed to help them understand how to correctly structure their paragraphs so that each one deals with a single topic, is clear, well structured and fluent.
Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts. Using writing prompts with photos to teach descriptive writing is an effective exercise. Teach your students to use concrete, or sensory, detail with three thought-provoking photos with writing prompts and notes on using sensory detail. This is part of my complet
Need an engaging, student-driven way to teach short stories and/or literary terms? Use this unit as a high-accountability way to scaffold students into tougher literature!
In this unit, small groups of students are assigned to one short story (so you can differentiate to students by difficulty leve
Every time my students begin writing their essays, they always get stuck on their introduction paragraphs. They stare at their blinking cursors or unmoving pens and constantly tell me, "I don't know how to start!" It's easy to go over hook sentences, connecting sentences and writing a thesis. It'
Teaching grammar doesn’t have to be painful lecture from a textbook or worksheet. Engage students with projects, activities, and mini-units, selling them on why grammar matters, debating its use, teaching each OTHER lessons, and making the editing process more tactile!
These classroom-tested projec