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STAAR Essay Planning Sheet-New (Expository, Persuasive, and Literary Analysis)
Need a way to help your students plan their STAAR essays? This planning sheet includes: 1. Introduction-with a hook and a thesis 2. Two Body Paragraphs-with topic sentences, transitions, and two reasons and elaboration 3. Conclusion-with a rewording of thesis and a re-hook ***Also includes words t
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STAAR Essay Skills Practice (Thesis & Examples)
In this bundle you will find a set of three activities that will help you teach the essentials of the English II STAAR persuasive essay: the thesis statement and choosing examples to support one’s argument. We have successfully taught this lesson for several years to every level of students, from th
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ELA STAAR Essays Teacher Resource Packet
This packet includes teacher notes for each activity as well as a resource section in the back with support materials. Teaching time will vary depending on student skill levels and class period durations. This may be used as a unit as a whole or broken up to use each piece as it fits into existing
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"By the Waters of Babylon" Persuasive STAAR Essay Prompt
Need yet another persuasive essay prompt for STAAR or for any other testing? Here's one for the short story, "By the Waters of Babylon." This essay prompt follows the Read, Think, Write format.
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STAAR Essay Week
This is a weeks work of the introduction to the STAAR 7th grade expository essay. It starts with brainstorming, thesis, topic sentences, hook, conclusion, then full essay practice. As a writer, and ex lawyer, this seems the best and most accurate approach, according to the data.
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Open-Ended Questions for Revision and Editing STAAR Essays
Many times my students get into the habit of just guessing on difficult multiple choice questions. Since many of the multiple choice questions on the revising and editing portion of the STAAR test are difficult, many students are just circling a letter. In order to ensure my students actually prac
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Comparison of STAAR Essay to Five Paragraph Essay
In order to activate prior knowledge students need to be introduced to the STAAR EOC I or EOC II differences in relation to the five paragraph essay they have written prior to English I or II. This realm of upper level thinking will avoid confusion when it comes time for these students to begin writ
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Persuasive STAAR Essay Prompt-Pep Rallies or No Pep Rallies
Looking for yet another STAAR Essay Prompt? This follows the read, think, write format for STAAR and other state assessments.
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STAAR Essay Checklist
This is a checklist I used with my 9th graders this year to simplify the parts of the essay. The sheet is great for conferencing one-on-one with students and maximizing Writer's Workshop. Thanks for looking!
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Expository Writing STAAR Essay Graphic Organizer/ Mnemonic/Acronym
Graphic Organizer with Mnemonic Device/ Acronym HOT REDDI REDDI TED to help students write a cohesive Expository essay. It also includes sentence starter ideas to guide students in their thought process.
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Writing STAAR ESSAY WORD BANK
This handout helps students create a word bank of synonyms to replace commonly used words. Typically, I have a problem trying to get my students to elevate their vocabulary and avoid repetition in their essays. The first handout is pre-filled with words that are commonly overused in my own student’
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STAAR Essay Checklist for Students
This checklist is meant for students to use to help score peer essays and give feedback.
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STAAR Essay - Graphic Organizer & Lined Paper
This is a paired graphic organizer and lined paper set that helps to support students who are struggling with the structure of an essay. Pairing the graphic with the lined paper allows students to more clearly make the connection between the boxes and the actual essay format. This is best for stude
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EOC STAAR Essay Peer Review Checklist- EOC I and II
I use this peer review checklist for my English I and II classes when we write STAAR essays. This is a great way for students to identify issues with their writing as well as others'.
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STAAR Essay Planning Page
Here is a generalized STAAR Essay Planning Page. I typically give my students this as a half sheet as a friendly reminder on what they can possibly do for their planning for their essays. This is meant more as a structured brainstorming activity to help gather ideas in a structured manner before the
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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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STAAR Expository and Persuasive Essay Planning Sheet-modified
This is a simplified version of my other STAAR essay planning sheets. I had to modify them for my summer tutorials. This finally helped some of them understand how to elaborate. If you have any suggestions that works in your classroom, please let me know!
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STAAR Persuasive and Expository Rubrics and Peer Editing Activity
Do you look at the rubrics posted on the STAAR test and wonder how you will get kids to remember all the components of a STAAR essay? I have put the STAAR essay rubrics in an easy to understand text for students. Here's an example of part of my STAAR Persuasive Rubric: Introduction/Organization 5
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STAAR 7th Grade Expository Essay Outline
This is something I created after breaking down the TEA rubic for the 7th grade writing STAAR essay. It gives an outline of each paragraph along with sample transition words and possible sentence starters. Yet it is open enough to not sound formulaic. My students have had great success with this out
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STAAR Persuasive Essay Process
This fully editable PowerPoint presentation walks students through the entire STAAR essay writing process -- from prompt deconstruction, to crafting a thesis and adding evidence, to concluding with a call to action.Deconstructing the Prompt- consider all three parts of the writing assignment- mark a
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Persuasive Essay Thesis Statement Bundle
Not sure how to teach your students how to write a persuasive essay? I have it all prepared for you right here!The first step is in teaching them to write a thesis statement. This bundle includes - a detailed lesson plan (one and a half pages with the TEKS, ELPS, learning object, demonstration of
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STAAR Expository Essay Prompt
This resource is STAAR-aligned to the expository essay prompt format you will see with English 1. It includes the Read, Think, Write format of STAAR prompts. Although this is directly aligned to STAAR essays, this prompt could work well with any middle/high school grade that is looking to add more
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STAAR Expository Essay Prompt: Cell Phone Usage
This resource is STAAR-aligned to the expository essay prompt format you will see with English 1. It includes the Read, Think, Write format of STAAR prompts. Although this is directly aligned to STAAR essays, this prompt could work well with any middle/high school grade that is looking to add more
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Animal Farm/Karl Marx Journal
This STARR-style, persuasive journal will allow students to practice writing in a structured, focused journal. Students will master the persuasive STAAR essay while sharing their thoughts and ideas on Karl Marx's philosophy.
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