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Elaboration Mini-Lesson & Graphic Organizer (FREE)
Elaboration Mini-Lesson - Use these slides in an elaboration mini-lesson to show students the difference between a story that lists events and a really good story that goes into details and has elaboration. I’ve found that sometimes students need an example of what it looks like to fix something tha
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Essay Writing Prompt and Rubric - Persuasive Writing
Essay Prompt. Persuasive Writing Prompt and Task with Standards Based Rubric. Writing an argument. Practice for students in middle school or beyond. Includes writing prompt and the standards-based rubric. Suggested lesson, Give out the rubric first and discuss, so students will know what is expected
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Essay Revision: Ratiocination (color coding) for Sentence Variety
Show students how they may begin a sentence more than 20 different ways. Teach parts of speech and variety while revising writing at the sentence level. Choose between two strategies to help students improve sentence variety in essays. Either may be implemented during self or peer revising phase
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Outline Template for Essays
This is a template your class can use to outline essays such as persuasive, literary, etc. The outline is laid out with the big idea, reasons, and evidence. It includes two versions: -- One is on a single page with smaller type -- The second is spread across two pages in larger type
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OF MICE AND MEN - Bible Connections/Essays, Psalm 23 and Cain & Abel Connections
This download has two lessons. The first lesson is how Psalm 23 connects with the novel. The second lesson is how Genesis, Chapter 4, lines 1-16, Cain & Abel connects with the novel. The text is provided for both lessons. These lessons could be used as handouts, transparancies or on a SmartB
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A Summary of Transitions
I use this summary of transition words and phrases with my senior English students. The focus on transition categories has been particularly helpful in improving my students' writing. This handout has generally been one of my most useful teaching aids.
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Transition Statements and Phrases
This slide displays over 70 different transition words and phrases for students to use when writing an essay. It also categorizes them into transition purpose to help vary word choice. It is available in Powerpoint in case you want to project it in class, or in PDF for printing and distributing. F

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Persuasive Writing: Ethos, pathos, logos handouts
Persuasive Writing: Ethos, pathos, logos handouts. Persuasive writing is easier when you break it down by technique. Use these three handouts to introduce the persuasive writing techniques of ethos, pathos, and logos. Give them to your students as a reference and learning aid, or use as a transparen
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Common Core Based Writing Scales
This document consists of 3 Common Core Learning Scales that coorelate with each standard for 1st grade Writing Domains. Written in a kid friendly terms.
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"Speed-dating" for AP Language Synthesis Essays
This "speed dating" activity is designed to help students simply unpack and plan a synthesis essay from Part II of the AP English Language and Composition exam. This "speed-dating" activity can be done in class or for homework but is intended to be a "short and sweet" version of the essay. The bulk
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Creative writing:  How to write an essay.
This is a Powerpoint presentation that will teach your learners the basics of essay writing. I had so much fun creating this new Powerpoint. I included sounds and animations. Please also see the Checklist that goes hand in hand with this Powerpoint presentation. You can attach the checklist to
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Informative/Opinion Planning Template
This organizer takes students through the steps of planning an informative/opinion piece.
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Coordinating Conjunctions: Three Simple Rules
If you can teach yourself to remember these simple rules that go with coordinating conjunctions, you’ll be on your way to understanding and mastering comma usage! I used this handout for my developmental writing class, and the visual diagrams really helped the students.
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Planning the Five-Paragraph Essay (in color)
Free color graphic organizers to help students compose five-paragraph essays. They can be viewed with a document camera or promethium board or printed and used to make transparencies or posters.
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Introduction to Writing
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Essay Outline
This template can be edited to fit you needs. As is, it is designed to help students plan a 5 paragraph essay in where the 4th paragraph presents and refutes a counterclaim.
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Sentence Stems to write an introduction of an argumentative essay
This is a guide that helps students start sentences to write a paragraph for an argumentative essay. Each part guides students to write a full paragraph.
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Easy Outline
Too often kids start to write without thinking about what they're going to say--and they find outlining cumbersome. This easy outline/scaffold can be used with any work of literature--including a play or a movie. It's easy to grade, forces students to use text citations, and lets a student see whe
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Ten Ways to Talk with Students about Tone
Tone is not an easy concept to describe and explain, yet it is a very important element of academic writing. This resource is a set of ten projectable items that each address the issue of tone in academic writing. Most items are a single page. Some are two pages. Four of items offer some discussion
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