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Expository, Non-Fiction Lessons on Modern Issues: Bundle #1 of 5 Lessons, CCSS
Expository, Non-Fiction Lessons on Modern Issues: Bundle #1 of 5 Lessons, CCSS
The Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In these easy-to-deliver non-fiction lesson plans, students will read articles/book excerpts by
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Argumentative Essay Writing, Argument Writing How to Guide, Topics, Rubric CCSS
Argumentative Essay Writing, Argument Writing How to Guide, Topics, Rubric CCSS
Help your high school and advanced middle school students win their written arguments with these easy-to-follow essay writing materials. This bundle of interactive, step-by-step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements an
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Revising vs. Editing
Revising vs. Editing
This venn diagram breaks down the main differences between revising and editing. (See? It's not so hard!) Students can keep it in their writing folders throughout the year to help them learn the writing process.
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Embedding Quotations – How to Embed Quotes, Pre-test, Lecture & Reference Sheet
Embedding Quotations – How to Embed Quotes, Pre-test, Lecture & Reference Sheet
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 detail
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Thesis Statement Tutorial: Write a Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Thesis Statement Tutorial: Write a Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Thesis Statement Tutorial Write a Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps This thesis statement tutorial will help your students master the persuasive essay thesis is a matter of minutes. Within the product you will find a student graphic organizer as well as a detailed example for stude
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Wax Museum: Biography Research Report for 3rd - 6th Grade
Wax Museum: Biography Research Report for 3rd - 6th Grade
This 25 page Wax Museum Project will help your students create a biography research report on a famous American. The culminating part of the project is an amazing Wax Museum, where students dress up as the person they have learned about and stand “still”, like a Wax Museum, until someone walks up to
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Expository Writing - Students Create a Themed Newspaper
Expository Writing - Students Create a Themed Newspaper
Expository Writing - A fun and creative way for students to learn about expository writing! Students practice writing in 3rd person, answering the 5 W's and working in the style of a newspaper. Can easily be adapted for different ages and abilities. Assignment sheet is in the style of a newspaper
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Seasonal Writing Prompts Bundle {Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
Seasonal Writing Prompts Bundle {Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
This seasons writing prompts bundle includes 60 writing prompts to get students thinking and writing about the changes that occur with the seasons. For each season, there are 5 writing prompts for each of the following categories: opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing, and narrative writi
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Video, Handouts, and Posters to Model Building a Better Paragraph
Do you want to improve student writing? This video - with supporting handouts, and posters - shows how to write better informative paragraphs. You can use these materials for professional development and/or instruction. For more than three decades, I've gathered multitudes of writing strategies, te
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Evidence Based Terminology
Evidence Based Terminology
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 phrases
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TEXT EVIDENCE WRITING {Common Core Aligned}
TEXT EVIDENCE WRITING {Common Core Aligned}
Text Evidence Expository Essay Writing This comprehensive Common Core aligned writing resource includes everything you need to teach your students how to write an expository essay requiring text evidence! Visuals, graphic organizers, and useful teaching tips make this unit a pleasure to use. Sugge
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Transition Word Lists for Narrative and Expository Writing
Transition Word Lists for Narrative and Expository Writing
Encourage better Organization, Sentence Fluency and Word Choice in your students' writing with these transition word lists for narrative and expository writing. They would work great in students' writing workshop folders. Blank templates allow for students to add their own transitions as well. Per
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Five Paragraph Essay Lessons Bundle: Apply to ANY Essay Assignment!
Five Paragraph Essay Lessons Bundle: Apply to ANY Essay Assignment!
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.
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Thesis Statements: Writing a Great Thesis
Thesis Statements: Writing a Great Thesis
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 stat
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Monthly Themed Writing Prompts {Months of the Year Illustrated Prompts}
Monthly Themed Writing Prompts {Months of the Year Illustrated Prompts}
This monthly themed writing prompts resource includes 180 writing prompts covering topics related to the 12 months of the year. Each month includes 15 prompts (5 opinion, 5 explanatory, 5 narrative). Download Preview File This is aligned with 3rd grade common core, but may
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Individual Genre Reference Page
Individual Genre Reference Page
This page is great to help young children learn to choose a variety of books and it is simple and easy for them to use. I print enough copies for the entire class in color. I then put the reference page into a sheet protector that goes into a durable, plastic folder for each child. (I keep the folder
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Writing Prompts for Back to School, 100th Day of School & End of the Year
Writing Prompts for Back to School, 100th Day of School & End of the Year
This writing prompts resource includes 45 school themed writing prompts covering the topics Back to School, 100th Day of School, and End of Year. Each topic includes 15 prompts (5 opinion, 5 informative/explanatory, 5 narrative). Download Preview File This is aligned with 3rd gr
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Procedural Writing - Writer's Workshop "How-to" Unit
Procedural Writing - Writer's Workshop "How-to" Unit
Procedural "how to" writing is an engaging and fun way to bring the “real world” into the classroom. What is included: Characteristics of Procedural Texts – a one page description of features usually found in procedural (“how-to”) texts. Reviewing a Procedural Text – students will select or use a
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"One Paragraph at a Time" Essay Posters
"One Paragraph at a Time" Essay Posters
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 bod
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Holiday Activities {Holiday Writing Prompts - Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
Holiday Activities {Holiday Writing Prompts - Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
This holiday activities writing prompts resource includes 195 holiday writing prompts covering the topics listed below. Each holiday writing topic includes 15 prompts (5 opinion, 5 explanatory, 5 narrative). ♥♥♥HOLIDAY WRITING TOPICS♥♥♥ 1. Christmas 2. Cinco de Mayo 3. Earth D
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How to Write Incredible Introductions and Captivating Conclusions
How to Write Incredible Introductions and Captivating Conclusions
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 grab
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Monthly Writing Prompts FREEBIE Sample!
Monthly Writing Prompts FREEBIE Sample!
10 pages of FREE Common Core-Aligned writing prompts pulled from my monthly writing prompt packets. Designed in traditional & real-world formats such as post cards, flyers, and newspaper articles. These prompts will help young writers discover the powerful role that writing plays in their everyda
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Writing Prompts for the Topic of Bullying
Writing Prompts for the Topic of Bullying
This bullying themed writing prompts resource includes 15 bullying themed prompts to get students thinking and writing about their knowledge of and experiences with bullying. There are 5 writing prompts for each of the following categories: opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing, and nar
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Transition Word List
Transition Word List
Here is a list of transition words sorted by the following types: Time Words Emphasizing Words Location Words Comparing Words Contrasting Words Clarifying Words Concluding Words Additional Information Words The words are alphabetized in each category. This is helpful for students to use as a handou
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Wild Weather Research Reports (Common Core Aligned)
Wild Weather Research Reports (Common Core Aligned)
This resource is a great way to get your students doing a little extra research and expository writing in the classroom! Use this packet to assist students in researching and writing about various types of storms and wild weather (i.e. blizzards, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and thunderstorms). T
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Personal Greed and Sacrifice?
Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Personal Greed and Sacrifice?
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an article by acc
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Newspaper Article Summary Form
Newspaper Article Summary Form
This is a form students can use to summarize a newspaper article they have read. On the front it asks them to identify heading, subheading, byline, and dateline. It defines these words. It then asks to tell who, what, where and why about the article. On the back of the form they take the informat
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Essay Apprentice - Writing Lessons, Basics for Struggling & Low-Level Students
Essay Apprentice - Writing Lessons, Basics for Struggling & Low-Level Students
essay, Essay Architect, struggling writers, writer's workshop, Essay Writing, Teaching Essays, Writing help, Writing Essays, basic writing This Essay Apprentice Writing Program can be used in two ways. I wrote this program to help a group of 12th graders who had failed the Califor
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Personal Narrative Writing Map
Personal Narrative Writing Map
This is a writing map (graphic organizer) I use with my 4th graders to introduce writing personal narratives. (You could also use it as a pre-write for a creative writing assignment.) By listing all the elements first, they can more easily focus on their writing. I tie this in with the story maps t
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End of Year Writing Prompts {Narrative Writing, Informative & Opinion Writing}
End of Year Writing Prompts {Narrative Writing, Informative & Opinion Writing}
This end of year writing prompts resource includes 15 end of year writing prompts to get students thinking and writing about their experiences during the school year and issues that directly affect them. There are 5 writing prompts for each of the following categories: opinion writing, informative/e
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MLA Format and Style: Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page
MLA Format and Style: Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page
MLA Format; MLA Style; MLA Handbook, 7th Edition (2008); Works Cited Give your students the tools they need to master in-text citations and Works Cited pages. This 7 page product includes a succinct and clear overview of the types of sources and how to cite each, explanations and examples of the mo
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Lessons in Nature from Ralph Waldo Emerson – Discussion Materials
Lessons in Nature from Ralph Waldo Emerson – Discussion Materials
Make the words of Transcendental philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson come alive for your students with breath-taking photography in this two-day class discussion activity with optional independent writing activity. This packet includes 12 visually arresting images from nature coupled with quo
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6 + 1 Traits of Writing Student Handbooklet Quick Study With Ancillaries
6 + 1 Traits of Writing Student Handbooklet Quick Study With Ancillaries
I appreciate these comments from buyers: Student friendly - Extremely helpful - Wonderfully organized - Wonderful product - Great for writing journals and binders - Straight to the point - Impressed with embedded lessons on each trait. Traits of Writing Student Handbook Quick Study Guide and Refere
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Transition Words and Phrases - 11 Posters and Student Chart
Transition Words and Phrases - 11 Posters and Student Chart
Transition Words and Phrases is an excellent writing tool for any grade level. It is perfect for teaching students word choice and paragraphing. The item contains 11 categories of transition words and phrases as well as a one-page transition word reference sheet for students to use while writing.
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Lucy Calkins - Crafting True Stories - Third Grade
Lucy Calkins - Crafting True Stories - Third Grade
This is a complete set of worksheets and printables to use with Lucy Calkins writing program. These printables go along with the first book “Crafting True Stories”. Included, you’ll find fourteen pages of worksheets that compliment each lesson: 1 What Third Grade Writers Do 2 What Third Grad
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Introductions are like Free Samples: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Introductions are like Free Samples: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Introduction paragraphs are like free samples of food – it’s your one chance to grab a customer (reader) and convince them to “buy in” and keep reading. This lesson teaches students that it’s important to not just have a great hook, but make the entire paragraph clear and compelling so that readers
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Transition Words and Phrases
Transition Words and Phrases
Transition Words and Phrases Lists and Sorting Activities. Supports common core! Transitional words and transitional phrases are useful in writing clear and fluent paragraphs, but students need to be familiar with when to use them. Includes a Word Splash of Transition Words with a graphic organizer f
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Compare and Contrast Words - Handout
Compare and Contrast Words - Handout
Sometimes it's hard for students to think of great transitions words. Here is a list of words students can use to either compare or contrast two things. This is perfect to use when writing a compare/contrast paragraph or essay. I hope you enjoy it :) If you download it, PLEASE rate me or leave me fe
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Pop Culture’s Benefits?
Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Pop Culture’s Benefits?
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will read an article by Malcolm Gladw
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Opinion Writing Introduction
Opinion Writing Introduction
OPINION WRITING INTRO: Have your students follow NINE simple steps to write an interactive opinion piece. Students will have fun while learning or reviewing the key components of the opinion writing genre. This lesson includes step by step directions for the first lesson as we
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Writing Desk: Reference Sheet for Editing & Revision Writing Workshop Grades 6-9
Writing Desk: Reference Sheet for Editing & Revision Writing Workshop Grades 6-9
The Writing Desk is a quick reference sheet for your students to use during Writing Workshop, Peer Revision, and Editing. I created this using two overlapping manilla folders. Then, I pasted a sheet inside each of the 3 'walls.' 2 of the sheets are editing/revision guides, including the following:
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Research-Based Writing for Teens, Use Blog Approach to Practice Research, CCSS
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 to
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Conclusions are like Dessert: a FREE writing lesson
Conclusions are like Dessert: a FREE writing lesson
Conclusions can be tough to write, but they are so critical to an essay: the equivalent of a dessert after a meal, leaving a final impression on the reader. This 45-minute lesson introduces students to conclusion paragraphs through a relatable metaphor and the analysis of two sample paragraphs as me
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Horror Master Stephen King
Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Horror Master Stephen King
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read two brief excerpt
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Why We Must Stereotype
Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Why We Must Stereotype
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will read an article by Malcolm Gladw
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FREE! Learn to Avoid Thesaurus Abuse – Fun Stuff and/or Emergency Sub Plan
FREE! Learn to Avoid Thesaurus Abuse – Fun Stuff and/or Emergency Sub Plan
I often have students who rely too heavily on the thesaurus as they craft their essays, resulting in overwrought sentences that block, rather than illuminate, the writer’s meaning. Using a little humor, this handout helps students see what happens when one abuses the thesaurus. This handout, which ca
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Mentor Text List for Writers' Workshop
Mentor Text List for Writers' Workshop
Elementary literacy coaches and teachers will love this resource as they work to effectively implement Writers' Workshop in their classrooms. This packet includes an extensive list of mentor texts to use for instruction during writers' workshop. Mentor texts, often called anchor texts, are publishe
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FREE MLA HANDBOOK
FREE MLA HANDBOOK
FREE MLA HANDBOOK (8TH EDITION) Use this free MLA formatting (8th Edition) student handbook with the most important guidelines that students should follow when writing a research paper. You just need to print, use double sided photocopying, fold and you have a ready-made-booklet! ================
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Writing Template Paper
Writing Template Paper
This 20 page package of writing templates includes a variety of basic designs that can be used for journal writing, short stories, response to literature, essays, and general use. Package includes both lined and interlined formats, as well as unlined framed pages which can be used for writing as w
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FREE Five Paragraph Essay Outline
FREE Five Paragraph Essay Outline
This FREE teaching resource includes two different five paragraph essay outlines. One outline requires students to include two examples per body paragraph, and the other one requires students to include three examples per body paragraph. Looking for resources for the ENTIRE year? <a
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Holiday Activities {Holiday Writing Prompts - Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
Holiday Activities {Holiday Writing Prompts - Opinion, Explanatory, Narrative}
This holiday activities writing prompts resource includes 105 holiday themed writing prompts covering the topics listed below. Each topic includes 15 prompts (5 opinion, 5 explanatory, 5 narrative). ♥♥♥TOPICS♥♥♥ 1. Armed Forces Day 2. Constitution Day 3. Independence Day 4. L
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Earth Day Writing Prompts {Narrative Writing, Informative & Opinion Writing}
Earth Day Writing Prompts {Narrative Writing, Informative & Opinion Writing}
This resource includes 15 prompts to get students thinking and writing about Earth Day as well as our general impact and responsibly toward Earth. There are 5 writing prompts for each of the following categories: opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing, and narrative writing. Additionally,
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Expository Writing Unit with Best Selling Color Coded Organizer **REVISED**
Expository Writing Unit with Best Selling Color Coded Organizer **REVISED**
Use this color coded Expository Essay Graphic Organizer to help students organize the perfect 5 paragraph essay. Each detail is color coded to show students how the detail paragraphs are summarized in the opening and closing. Also, the openers, topic sentences and closers are the same color to show h
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