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{FREE!} Persuasive Writing Prompts
Here are 24 thought-provoking prompts to jump-start persuasive writing. The Common Core standards put a strong emphasis on persuasive writing skills. These prompts allow students to experiment with a variety of types of writing with a common purpose. Print on card stock, laminate, and cut apart an
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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 necessary to present evidence,
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Oreo: Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer
**Revised March 2014: I've included a "double-stuffed" version to go with the "triple-stuffed"! Also, some people requested "examples" to be changed to "evidence." You now get 4 graphic organizers to better fit your needs! Use this graphic organizer to have students plan out an opinion writing piec
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Animal Writing Report Outline
This is a note-taking packet for grades 3 and up. It is designed to help students plan an eight paragraph essay on an animal of their choice. The outline suggests students gather facts for these paragraphs: Introduction Background Characteristics Diet/Habitat Adaptations Jaw Dropping Facts Impact o
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Graphic Organizers for  Writing
Graphic Organizers Free resource! Please be kind enough to leave feedback when downloading a free product! There are 10 Graphic Organizers helpful for writing paragraphs and essays. It is based on brainstorming 3 topics, ideas or details or as I call it- the power of 3! Thank you for visiting
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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 gra
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Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts
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
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FREE Five Paragraph Essay Outline
Help your students write better essays with this structured essay outline resource. 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 example
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Thanksgiving Writing Assignments {Freebie}
This freebie includes all the tools that you will need for two Thanksgiving-themed writing assignments.... 1. Thanksgiving Roll-a-Story: This is a fun narrative writing assignment, in which students roll dice to determine their character, setting, and conflict. The following is included: - Roll-a
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Essay Outline Writing Basics (Instruction & Practice) - Common Core Aligned
This free lesson on essay outlines includes 3 illustrated instructional printables and 5 practice activity templates. This resource requires no prep from the teacher as it provides everything essential to teaching efficient and effective essay outline technique. This resource emphasizes the importa
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Create a SuperHERO Narrative!  Common Core Aligned!
Create a SuperHERO Narrative! Common Core Aligned! With the new Common Core State Standards coming into play, it's important to have fun and engaging resources that appeal to you and your students. Here is a freebie that works with writing a narrative! Enjoy! Please leave feedback-- it's great
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Conclusions are like Dessert: FREE 45-Minute Essay 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 m
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Biography Report, Black History, President's Day
Biography reports would be great to use for Black History, President's Day, Women's History, ect. It includes 3 bio reports, 2 lessons, list of names for students to research, and a rubric. Hope you enjoy.
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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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Transition Words in Writing {Anchor Chart Kit}
Transition Words in Writing {Anchor Chart Kit} Teachers love anchor charts; we believe in anchor charts. But many of us do not like making them because they are never as ‘cute’ as the ones other teachers make. So I made this great little Anchor Chart Kit for writing transition words. You can stil
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Oreo Opinion Organizer {for 5 paragraph essays}
Use this "mega-stuffed" oreo organizer for writing 5 paragraph opinion essays. The OREO stands for Opinion, Reasons, Examples, and Opinion restated. Enjoy :) Michelle Thom *You may also like: The complete opinion packet! A Detailed Guide to Writing Opinions {Common Core Focused Grades 3-5} o
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Words That Enhance Writing {FREE}
Need a great list of words to help students avoid the "same old" words? Here is a great word list for helping develop sensory imagery... for example, use the word "dehydrated" to describe touch, "sugared" to describe a taste, "piercing" to describe a sound, "briny" to describe a smell, or "feeble"
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Writing Characteristics-LAFS
Enjoy this FREEBIE that lists all of the characteristics for personal narrative, informative, & opinion (persuasive) writing. This is great to keep in your teacher binder and/or give out to parents. This file contains the following: -1 graphic organizer of the characteristics of personal n
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FREE! Analyzing Theme: a common core essay for ANY novel
This essay is aligned with the common core standards and works as a final essay for any novel or fictional text. This essay asks students to analyze how the theme of the story emerges, how it is refined, and how it is fully developed by the end of the novel. This download includes a student handout
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Rewriting / Revision Hands-on Activity
Rewriting / Revision Hands-on Activity. This exercise illustrates to students exactly why revision and rewriting is a necessary part of the writing process. It is helpful to do this activity just before a group critique or feedback session on rough drafts. This is a favorite activity in my first-yea
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Plagiarism WebQuest {FREE}
This one-page Plagiarism WebQuest challenges students to search the web to find answers to questions about plagiarism, copyright, fair use, common knowledge, public domain, and more. 17 questions in all; includes answer key. Recommended for grades 8-12. Be sure to also check out my FREE Plagiari
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Essay Writing 101: CCSS Essay Writing FREEBIE
Essay writing is a skill that students can learn in the middle grades and will carry with them through college. While many of us teachers did not learn this skill until high school, with the CCSS, writing extensive/elaborate pieces is now a requirement of our students at all levels, specifically in
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Writing Process Posters - Free!
Free posters! Please be kind enough to leave some feedback! Do your students struggle with the writing process? Display this cute bulletin board in your room! It shows the steps of the writing process and students move their clothespin as they soar through the writing process! There are 4 ver
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Editing Marks Freebie
The following Editing Marks freebie (courtesy of A Learning Affair) can be used as a reference guide for students during peer or individual editing. Students can place the Editing Marks document in their individual writing folders/binders and/or the document can be placed in the writing center ( as
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Among the Hidden vs Real Life Common Core Activities
Common Core Aligned! For grades 4-8. These activities are meant to be part of a novel study of Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Students will: 1 - View news video clip of profile of "illegal" second child living in China. 2 - Complete graphic organizer comparing the population laws in
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Outstanding Opinion Writing
This "outstanding" free download includes: two anchor chart posters, an opinion writing graphic organizer and 40 unique opinion topics to get your students excited about opinion writing! I would appreciate your rating and a comment about how these opinion resources worked for your class! If you
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Punctuation with Quotation Marks
Punctuation with Quotation Marks. This handout and two quizzes focus on punctuation with quotation marks in essays, particularly with in-text citations. It is meant for students who have learned the basic quotation mark rules, but need a brush-up and instruction when quoting outside sources.Contains
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Writing Process Posters
These Writing Process Posters may be posted anywhere in the classroom for students to reference as they write. They help students to pick up writing right where they left off! You may also use clothespins with individual student names to track where everyone is in the writing process. *NOTE* Revisi
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End of the Year Bulletin Board FREEBIE!
This freebie has all the components to making a super cute end of the year bulletin board! All you need to do is print out the pages have students color them and write about their experiences this past year. It's a great way to asses how their writing has progressed from their first day of class to
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Line Paper Writing Freebie
You can use these with the Themed Writings. Please feel free to use these as you wish. A set of three styles. Alina V Design
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**Free** Character Traits Chart:  Details That Show Instead of Tell
This file contains a free chart to serve as a guide while students write narrative stories. Students should include details that "show" rather than "tell". Details that show describe a character's actions and encourages readers to infer that a character is joyful, confused, etc. Not only do these
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Persuasive Essay Rubric (Common Core Aligned)
This persuasive essay rubric uses standards based grading (1-4) to assess the student writers in the following categories. -Introduction -Reasons -Transitions -Conclusion -Structure -Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation GRAMMAR PARTY! Complete Grammar Bundle (Save Over 50%) Includes everything below! Noun
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Essay Outline (FREE)
There are two essay outlines included in this file, but each follow a similar format (just depends on what visual you prefer). This FREE resource answers the following questions: What do I include in an introductory paragraph? What do I include in a body paragraph? What do I include in a conclusi
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How to Write A Paragraph
Provided in this FREE download, you will get 1. PowerPoint presentation that will introduce your students to the parts of a paragraph, how it is structured, and why it is important. 2. Sample lesson plans- It is intended to be taught over several days- about five 30 minute blocks over 1 week. 3.
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Writing Paper
Are you using the Handwriting Without Tears Program? These double-line templates can be used for student writing projects. This file includes 2 different spacing sizes, picture sizes, and no-picture options. Each format is included without a border and with 10 different border options. Looking for s
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FREE - Rubric and Outline for Expository or Persuasive Essay Writing
These materials are an easy way to help students organize their ideas before writing an expository or persuasive essay. Students fill out the graphic organizer while they research and use the information to guide them through the writing process. This resource includes: 1) a rubric for grading 5-pa
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Vivid Verbs to Enhance Writing - Grades 6-12
Tired of students using the same old dead verbs (i.e. said, did, went, are, etc.)? Try giving them a list of "Vivid Verbs!" This list of over 250 words will be sure to enhance your students' writing--and get rid of those annoying, repetitive, "dead" words! Best for grades 6-12. ********* Be su
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Memorial Day Free Writing Prompts {Narrative, Informative & Opinion Writing}
This Memorial Day free writing prompts resource includes 15 themed Memorial Day prompts to get students thinking and writing about the true meaning of Memorial Day and the people that sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom. There are 5 writing prompts for each of the following categories: op
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Differentiated Essay Prompts for use with ANY Novel!
This product features 20 generic essay prompts that will work for any novel. These prompts are differentiated so that they appeal to all learners and give all students a chance to shine in their essay writing! After years of tweaking my essay prompts, I have created questions that are thoughtful a
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Elie Wiesel: Hope, Despair and Memory - What is Textual Analysis?
This is one part of a larger lesson on Elie Wiesel. There are some common elements in the two, but my second unit goes beyond the scope of this free unit, so if you like what you see here please have a look at the following:Elie Wiesel: Hope, Despair and Memory MOVE AWAY FROM GENERIC QUESTIONS AN
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Superhero Writing Posters
Teach your students to write like superheroes with these inspiring posters! Includes: - "Be a Writing Superhero" title page - "POW" writing poster for SRSD - "TIDE" writing poster for Narrative and Informative/Explanatory Mode - "TIRE" and "TREE" writing posters for Opinion Mode - "SWAG" poster - f
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Improve Student Writing, FREE Strategy & Prompts to Sharpen Writing Skills, CCSS
The only way I’ve found for students to really grow as writers is for them to write a lot and get meaningful feedback on their work. The reality, though, is there’s only one of me and 170+ of them, so my time with each student is limited. One way to maximize writing growth is with this common sense
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Solar Eclipse 2017 Memory Pages
Create a memory page for your students and mail it to them! Total Eclipse Stamps are from USPS! https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_475304 “The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your
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Argument Pre-Writing Activity- The Cube of Perspective
Drafting arguments is one of my favorite writing units of the entire school year. As students enter Middle School and High School, they leave the safety of the small family unit and begin to see the world in which they live on a much larger scale. Fortunately or unfortunately, all of this world’s ma
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5 Paragraph Essay Outline - PDF File
Print off this easy-to-use five paragraph essay outline and make copies for your class! This is a great tool for students who are just learning how to write a five paragraph essay. It includes sections for an introduction paragraph, thesis statement, 3X body paragraphs, and a conclusion. ****Plea
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Writing Test Prep & ELA Paired Passages for Upper Elementary
Hey teachers! Are you looking for a simple way to review for the state test? Included in this freebie are 6 articles and 3 writing prompts to properly prepare your students for the rigor of writing on demand! This freebie can be used for homework, small group work, or just classwork. All you hav
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FREE Writing Process Anchor Charts for Elementary Writer's Workshop
These free mini-anchor charts will support you as you take your elementary students through the writing process during writers' workshop. Using kid-friendly language, these charts will help your students understand and remember each step in the writing process as they work to gather ideas, write th
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FREE Comprehensive Essay Checklist
This one-page essay writing checklist will help your students write better essays today! This checklist is broken down by paragraph and includes essential elements for writing stronger essays. This checklist is a preview of my comprehensive writing series: Essay Writing Unit: Teach Your Students to
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Language Arts Comprehension Check:Ten Sentence Format
Should educators tweet, "Good Bye" to proper paragraphs? Are these backbones of formal and informal writing becoming an endangered specie? Do students need to reinforce their basic understanding of the elements of a good paragraph in order to write and develop more in-depth essays? Do students nee
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Persuasive or Argument Essay Planner
This is a great graphic organizer and planner for students learning the structure and components of an argument five-paragraph essay. This particular graphic organizer is designed for argument or persuasive writing, but may be adapted for explanatory writing as well. The organizer breaks down the
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FREE Proofreading Symbols Chart: Editing with Hammingway
Hammingway loves to write! Unfortunately, his hooves make this difficult. Sometimes he requires help from human friends with opposable thumbs. These are the proofreading symbols they use to edit his work. This fun freebie includes the proofreading and editing sheet from "Editing with Hammingway." I
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Writing Process Posters for Upper Grades-  Free!
Free posters! Do your students struggle with the writing process? Display this cute bulletin board in your room! It shows the steps of the writing process and students move their clothespin as they soar through the writing process! Bonus: included is a student printable for a reference source!
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