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Writing Expository Essay Hooks
My students often get stuck doing the same type of hook over and over. This practice forces them to try out new types of hooks. There are 6 prompts for them to practice with and a list of 9 different expository essay hooks with examples.
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Practicing Essay Hooks
Sometimes the hardest part of an essay is getting students to write an exciting and intriguing hook (or eye-catcher). This worksheet does several things and is editable to fit your students' levels and needs! First, I assign an essay and tell the students that after developing their thesis, they
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Personal Essay Hook Powerpoint Presentation
A presentation about creating a good hook/introduction in a personal essay. Goes over several writing techniques that students can use along with a note-taking graphic organizer that can be printed out for brainstorm writing.
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STAAR Expository Essay Hook Example Handout
Demonstrates how different hooks or attention grabbers can combine with a thesis statement to create the foundation of an introductory paragraph. Color coded to show how the hooks and thesis go together.
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Hook the Reader with Best Launch for an Introductory Paragraph
There are good ways to start an essay and lousy ways. With this combination of 15-minute lecture and reference tool handout, students will learn four specific techniques to use to bust writer's block and bring their reader into their essay. Great ways to launch an essay are featured here with real-w
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Persuasive Writing
Persuasive Writing contains everything you will need to teach a ten lesson unit. The lessons are themed around saving Earth. Persuasive Writing Lessons include: Lesson 1 ~ Selecting a Writing Topic for a Persuasive Essay • Hook Activity – I Have, Who Has • Activities 1 and 2 ~ Brainstorming and Gr
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English Skill Review and Practice Handout for Midterm SOS
I created this Common Core skill review as a way for students to practice the skills they were missing the most for their midterm. It can also be used as a general review for a final exam or test. Please feel free to purchase the PowerPoint called English Skill Review idterm PowerPoint SOS. It is on
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Mentor Text for Informational Writing
This mentor text, "A Slithering Friend", serves as a great example of the components of an effective informational essay for students. The introduction of the essay "hooks" the reader and reveals the main topics that are later developed. The following paragraphs are organized around subtopics. Effec
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English Skill Review Midterm PowerPoint SOS
I created this Common Core skill review PowerPoint as a way for teachers to project quick notes while using my midterm skill review handout. This PowerPoint can be used alone to project notes on the skills listed, but is best used along with the midterm practice handout on my seller page. The hando
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December Guided Expository Essay for Hanukkah with ELA CCSS
Teaching expository writing has never been easier! The guided essay approach helps many struggling writers get past writer's block quickly. The sample pages included will take away the guessing game for teachers. The format sheets can easily be adapted for more advanced writers, encouraging them to
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Sneak Peek Preview: Writing a better, more detailed essay
Save money- When completed product will be priced at $6 Full product release will be in or before August 2015! If you buy it now at a discount, you can return to Teachers Pay Teachers in August to download the full product at no extra cost. This is a great deal and will allow you to preview the pr
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Writing Resources
In this 62 page packet of resources, there are visuals , examples and additional supports for students when writing essays, memoirs, and stories. Packet includes: Parts of an Essay: Hook (Explanation of 12 different types of hooks) Bridge (Explanation of what it is and an example) Thesis (Expla
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Essay/Writing Hooks/Introductions and Conclusions/Endings
The worksheet walks students through are nine types of hooks and nine types of conclusions for an essay. The hook and conclusion options also work for fictional/narrative writing. The worksheet is boxed into nine different options and it defines and give examples of each. I have students try out 2-
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Expository Essay Parts
This PowerPoint goes over all the parts of an expository essay: Hook Thesis Writing Body Paragraphs Topic Sentences Reasons and CHELPSS Examples CHELPSS 1 vs 2 body essays Conclusion writing Sample Essay
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Structuring an Essay
This product includes a lesson plan/script, differentiated notes, and an interactive notebook foldable. The plan includes notes for the five main parts of any essay: hook, thesis, introduction, body, and conclusion. I have used this lesson for 6th, 7th, 8th, and 12th grade students.
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Argumentative/Opinion Writing! A Guide for Upper Elementary/Middle School
I created this simple guideline and graphic organizer to help my sixth graders understand how an argumentative essay should be structured. They read a debate or argument (I used an online site to find many of these) and then brainstormed arguments for both sides. Next, we completed the organizer t
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Opinion Essay Model
This model opinion essay is a great way to show your students what a finished product should include! The essay claims that dogs are the best pets (because they are!) and includes text evidence and various types of elaboration. Each part of the essay is color coded so students can see each element o
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Three Easy Hooks Handout
This handout provides three easy descriptive essay hooks along with pointers and an example of each hook.
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Five Paragraph Essay Instructional Unit
Five paragraph essays have never been easier to teach! This instructional unit contains everything you need to take your students from sentence writers to five paragraph essay authors! I love the process of teaching writing to my students. They begin the year with short, incomplete sentences but b

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Literary Response Opinion Essay Unit Grades 3-5
***This product has been updated on 9/13/15*** Let’s connect! The Literacy Loft BlogThe Literacy Loft on Instagram The Literacy Loft on Pinterest The Literacy Loft on Facebook Email: Jessica@theliteracyloft.com You might also like... Reader’s Notebook Anchor Charts My Opinion Matters! {An Opi
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Thesis Statements are like Menus: 45-Minute Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
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

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STAAR/ EOC: Expository Essay Unit
This is a 3 week STAAR expository essay unit, although it would work well with any essay unit. This unit has been used with ESL students and with students who have failed the test and needed a more intense and scaffolded approach to the essay. The entire unit is progressive, working with a teacher e
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Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook
✍Teach your students how to write the argument essay with this complete unit bundle! Lessons on writing hooks statements, introductions, argument paragraphs, citing evidence, counter-argument paragraphs, argument games, student interactive notebook for all lessons, and classroom posters!✍ ☟What is
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4th Grade STAAR Writing--Expository Essay Graphic Organizers (Texas TEKS)
STAAR expository essay graphic organizers to help struggling students succeed on the 4th grade writing test. DESCRIPTION There are 4 graphic organizers and a final copy page. Note that the Organization Chart and Detail Chart are on the same page. STAR CHART—The purpose of this chart is to hel
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