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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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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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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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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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Opinion Writing
**This unit has been updated as of 10/7/16 to include full size anchor charts. If you are using a Writing Binder instead of or in addition to a Writing Notebook, this is perfect for you! Please note that there is intentional space in the left margins of the charts for hole punching without interrup
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Writing Leads (hooks)... posters, labels, examples, activities, and editable
Teaching Writing is one of my FAVORITE things to do. 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
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Essay Writing Complete Unit (Expository, Persuasive & Literary) Common Core
Perfect for the beginning of the year, this common core aligned complete essay writing unit includes extensive instruction coupled with concept specific practice opportunities on the expository, persuasive and literary essays. Over 66 pages in length, this essay writing unit can be broken down into
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How to Write a Persuasive Essay for AP Spanish PowerPoint and Activities
This 68-slide PowerPoint and activities include the following: ~The goal of the persuasive essay and how to reach it ~The use of cause and effect to make one’s point ~The different kinds of arguments ~The different kinds of evidence ~Vocabulary to express cause and effect ~Ex
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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 Blog The Literacy Loft on Instagram The Literacy
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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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Essay Writing Revision Checklist Rubric
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
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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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Writing Hooks--Five Ways To Hook Your Reader: Writing an Introduction.
Please download the Preview for more images! This is a 70-80 minute lesson plan to help young writers develop an interesting and effective “hook” to their writing. Students can find hooks in most fiction and non-fiction texts. They can apply this strategy to most of their writing: narratives, rep
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INFORMATIONAL/INFORMATIVE ESSAY WRITING: COMPARE AND CONTRAST CCSS ALIGNED
Scaffold the structure of a compare and contrast essay through each stage of the writing process with this interactive notebook and flipbook resource. Students will be trained to write both in point-by-point style and block style. **************************************************
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Writing Introductions: Hook and Thesis
Many students have difficulty writing introductions that don't just "announce" their topic: "I am going to tell you about...", or "My topic is ...". These lessons provide a resource for students to use that offers eight different ideas to "hook" their reader's attention. In addition, students are p
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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 thi
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Introductions are like Free Samples: 45-Minute 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 reader
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Writing a Research Essay - Aligned to the Common Core
SAVE 15% by buying the " Research and Writing Bundle"! ***************************************************************************** Over 40 pages of handouts, guides, and
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Lead and Hook Sentences in an Essay Powerpoint
This powerpoint teaches how to write "lead" or "hook" sentences in an essay. It includes the definition of lead or hook sentences; the purpose of a lead; and fully explains seven types of leads (action, snapshot, sound effect, question, flashback, quotation, talking), giving the definition and an e
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Creative Writing Prompts: 100 Prompts to Hook ALL writers!
Use this list of 100 writing prompts, divided by learning style, to help ALL students feel inspired to write! Present these to kickstart ANY creative writing/narrative assignment: fiction, poetry, or memoir/autobiographical pieces. The goal of this file is to give relatable prompt
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Expository Essay Writing PowerPoint and Graphic Organizer
Expository Essay Writing PowerPoint and Graphic Organizer. Guide students step by step through an expository writing prompt, using a four square graphic organizer. Students will learn how to put their ideas in logical order to support their thesis statement, develop an introductory paragraph with a
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STAAR/EOC: Persuasive Essay
This is a 3 week STAAR persuasive essay unit, although it would work well with any persuasive 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
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5 PARAGRAPH ESSAY PRESENTATION & ESSAY OUTLINE
5 PARAGRAPH ESSAY: Teach essay structure with this 12 slide Powerpoint presentation goes through the most important elements of structuring the 5 paragraph essay. The Powerpoint uses a metaphor comparing writing an essay to making a sandwich. The presentation includes lots of information and clear
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Digital Argumentative Essay Unit
This Common Core aligned, printable and DIGITAL resource is a great way to teach your students how to write a well-developed 5 paragraph argumentative essay. For a look at the step-by-step directions of how to use this resource in your classroom, as well as all that's included, che
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Descriptive Writing Unit:  Most Unusual Pet Contest Essay
From the very start of this 10-day Descriptive Writing unit students are hooked! That’s because they’re required to write a descriptive pet sketch essay for an imaginary “Most Unusual Pet” contest. The contest is imaginary and so is their pet! That’s right, students have the free
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INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS - Creative Hook - Middle School
*Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions *Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions *Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions Comprehension *Differentiated Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Conclusions *Enrichment Activities for Creative Hook Introductions and Co
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How to Write an Essay for Spanish 4 and AP PowerPoint and Activities
This 119 slide PowerPoint is a complete step-by-step lesson on how to write an expository essay in Spanish beginning with the demonstration and practice of the elements of a sentence. Also included in the PowerPoint, "How to Write an Essay" are: ~The definition, modelin
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Expository Essay Writing Course (aligns Common Core)
The second course of the popular "Scary Good Writing" program called "An Alien Wrote my Expository Essay with Mr. Butt and Bonefish" is now available in its entirety. Developed to grab the attention of even the most reluctant writers in your class. They may even ask you to do the lessons! Cou
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Expository essay test- hook, thesis statement, body paragraphs, conclusion
This test prompts students to identify the important elements of an expository essay. I use it with my students during an expository essay writing unit to make sure they understand what each element looks like in a mentor text. It covers the following concept -Hook/attention grabber -thesis stateme
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STAAR Writing Prep Weekly Essay Homework BUNDLE- Narratives & Expository
If your students are needing all of the Writing prep they can get, this is the bundle for you! This packet is intended for homework but works great for in-class Test Prep, too. This bundle has everything you'll need for teaching 4th Grade Writing in Texas- 24 weeks of Personal Narrative and Exposito
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"Color Coded" Common Core Aligned Opinion Writing Essay Unit
This resource includes step by step, photo directions that walk the teacher through the opinion writing process. The writing unit begins with printable writing process posters and an interactive writing process flip book for the students to create as a personal reference tool. As the unit contin
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Argumentative Essay Writing- Common Core State Standards
This is a packet that describes what is expected of argumentative writing. It contains the following: - a graphic organizer (filled out with examples) that students can use to organize their points, counterpoints, and rebuttals when writing an argumentative essay. - a sample completed outline that
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MEMOIR & PERSONAL EXPOSITORY ESSAY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH
Memoir and Personal Expository Essay: Writing About Me! "Writing About Me!" is a fun mini-unit that can be used to teach memoir or personal expository essay writing. I've included lesson plans for 3 different ways to use these resources, but you will probably think of even more! It includes the f
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EXPOSITORY WRITING PERSONAL NARRATIVE ESSAY 6 - 8th Grade - CC Aligned
This 6 - 8th-grade CC aligned narrative essay asks students to write about a significant event in their lives. In the lesson students will be covering: 1. Introduction - hook and conflict 2. Body - holds interest, rising action, falling action 3. Resolution - wraps up by following experiences a
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Writing Introductions and Conclusions for Persuasive/Argumentative Essays
Do your students need helping hooking their readers and creating strong conclusions for persuasive and argumentative essays? This is a very helpful PPT/minilesson on writing introductions and conclusions for persuasive or argumentative essays. It provides notes on how to write a successful introduct
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Essay Writing Basics: Essay Structure 101 - Handouts, Lecture Notes, Quiz & Key
How often have your students been confused by the parts of the standard, academic essay? If you are like me, the answer to this is quite often. Use this product to help reduce the confusion that accompanies essay writing instruction. Here, I have included a number of useful resources: →A handout fo
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Basic Sentences To Essays: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide To Teach Students To Write
Most writing resource books out there simply offer various forms of creative writing activities. But these are only helpful if students can write technically and grammatically well in the first place. Basic Sentences to Essays makes it very simple and effective for teachers to teach writing skills a
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