Essay Architect Writing System: Teaching the Five-Paragraph Essay in Grades 6-12

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Do your students struggle writing more one or two paragraphs for an essay? Are your students confused about the different types of essays and how to approach each? Do you have students who don't know basic essay terminology or structure? Do you dread the thought of grading your students essays, facing constant frustration and exhaustion? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then our Essay Architect Writing System is right for you!

This Essay Architect Writing System is perfect for advanced upper elementary, on grade-level middle school, and struggling or low-level high school students who cannot write more than one or two paragraphs at a time. This program best helps those students who are able to write at least one paragraph in response to an essay prompt.***

***For those students who struggle with sentence structure and basic writing skills, see the first book in this series, our Essay Apprentice Writing System(Rated 4.0)***

Designed for use in grades 6-12, this 253-page Essay Architect Writing System will help you teach everything your students need to know about writing a great essay, from the essential structure and terminology of the essay, to in depth practice on the elements of the essay, to reviewing and peer-editing model and non-model essays, to learning the specifics of how to write and organize each type of essay, to polishing the essay in its final stages. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice every step of the process before actually writing an essay, and learn how to evaluate and assess other essays to recognize high-quality, well-written essays, as well as poorly-written, weak writing. Best of all, we have included in-depth study of each type of essay, including essay-specific organizers, prompts, notes, peer-editing checklists, and rubrics for Persuasive/Argumentative essays, Cause and Effect essays, Compare and Contrast Essays, Descriptive Essays, Informative/Explanatory Essays, Reflective/Personal Narrative Essays, Response to Literature Essays, and Research Papers.

This Essay Architect Writing System includes:

•Teacher Notes, Tips, and Sample Agenda for Using Essay Architect

Part One: Preparing to Write (W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.4, W.8.10, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.10)
•Essay Writing Terminology with meanings (title, body paragraph, details, audience, purpose, flow, etc.)
•Essay Writing Terminology Blanks (for students to complete with guidance)
•General Essay Structure Graphic Organizer
•General Essay Structure Graphic Organizer blank (for students to complete with guidance)
•Quiz: Essay Terminology and Structure (21 matching terms, plus complete the graphic organizer with the parts of the structure)
•Types of Essays Handout
Reading an Essay Prompt Handout and Activity {FREE here on TPT!}
•Defined list of 40 Essay Prompt Keywords (classify, demonstrate, detail, enumerate, narrate, relate, etc.)
•Brainstorming Your Topic Handout (W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Mind Map Brainstorm graphic organizer
•Spider Diagram Brainstorm graphic organizer
•“E” Chart Brainstorm graphic organizer
•“Big Six” Questions graphic organizer
•Three different General Pre-Writing Essay Planner graphic organizers (W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•General Essay Organizer graphic organizer (W.6.4, W.6.5, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5)
•General Essay Style Guide Student Checklist (left-aligned, appropriate font size, 1" margins, etc.)
•General Essay Rubric (for formal or peer assessment of any essay) (W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)

Part Two: Practicing the Basics
•Writing Effective Titles Activity
•Writing Grabbers Activity (W.6.2.A, W.6.3.A, W.7.1.A, W.7.2.A, W.7.3.A, W.8.1.A, W.8.2.A, W.8.3.A, W.9-10.1.A, W.9-10.2.A, W.9-10.3.A, W.11-12.1.A, W.11-12.2.A, W.11-12.3.A)
•Writing Focus Statements Activity (W.6.1.A, W.7.1.A, W.8.1.A, W.9-10.1.A, W.11-12.1.A)
•Recognizing Thesis Statements Activity (W.6.1.A, W.7.1.A, W.8.1.A, W.9-10.1.A, W.11-12.1.A)
•Types of Thesis Statements Handout
•Writing “Better” Thesis Statements Activity (W.6.1.A, W.7.1.A, W.8.1.A, W.9-10.1.A, W.11-12.1.A)
•Writing Topic Sentences Activity (W.6.1.A, W.7.1.A, W.8.1.A, W.9-10.1.A, W.11-12.1.A)
•Writing Powerful Challenges Activity (W.6.1.E, W.6.2.F, W.7.1.E, W.7.2.F, W.8.1.E, W.8.2.F, W.9-10.1.E, W.9-10.2.F, W.9-10.3.E, W.11-12.2.F, W.11-12.3.E)
Using Appropriate Tone in Writing Activity {FREE here on TPT!} (W.6.1.D, W.6.2.E, L.6.3.D, W.7.1.D, W.7.2.E, W.7.3.D, W.8.1.D, W.8.2.E, W.9-10.1.D, W.9-10.2.E, W.11-12.1.D, W.11-12.2.E)
•Writing With Purpose Activity (W.6.1.C, W.6.2.D, W.6.3.D, L.6.3.A, W.7.1.C, W.7.2.D, W.7.3.D, W.8.1.C, W.8.2.D, W.8.3.D, W.9-10.1.C, W.9-10.2.D, W.9-10.3.D, W.11-12.1.C, W.11-12.2.D, W.11-12.3.D

Part Three: Piecing an Essay Together (W.6.4, W.6.5, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5)
"Scrambled Essay" Activity (cutting and pasting an essay back together based upon what they have learned so far; includes two scrambled Informative/Explanatory and scrambled Cause and Effect Essays, blank graphic organizers, answer keys, complete essays in correct format)

Part Four: Investigating Types of Essays
Argumentative/Persuasive Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the argumentative essay, notes on logos, pathos, and ethos, and more (W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1, W.9-10.1, W.11-12.1)
•Organizing Argumentative Essays Handout - includes purpose and goals of persuasive writing, sample prompts, and sample thesis
•Logic and Emotion in Persuasive Writing Handout
•Practicing the Skill: Logic and Emotion in persuasive writing Activity (W.6.1.B, W.6.1.C, W.7.1.B, W.7.1.C, W.8.1.B, W.8.1.C, W.9-10.1.B, W.9-10.1.C, W.11-12.1.B, W.11-12.1.C)
•What Will the Opposition Say? Activity (W.6.1.B, W.6.1.C, W.7.1.B, W.7.1.C, W.8.1.B, W.8.1.C, W.9-10.1.B, W.9-10.1.C, W.11-12.1.B, W.11-12.1.C)
•Argumentative Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize an argumentative essay for writing practice (W.6.1.A, W.6.1.E, W.7.1.A, W.7.1.E, W.8.1.A, W.8.1.E, W.9-10.1.A, W.9-10.1.E, W.11-12.1.A, W.11-12.1.E)
•Argumentative Essay Organizer blank
•Argumentative Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Argumentative Essay Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Argumentative Essay Rubric for formal assessments

Cause and Effect Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the cause and effect essay, notes on cause and effect, and more
•Organizing Cause/Effect Essays Handout - includes purpose and goals of cause and effect writing, sample prompts, and sample thesis
•Fishbone Diagram graphic organizer
•Cause and Effect Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a cause and effect essay
•Cause and Effect Essay Organizer blank
•Cause/Effect Essay Structure
•Cause and Effect Essay Peer Editing Checklist
•Cause and Effect Essay Rubric

Compare and Contrast Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the compare and contrast essay, notes on knowing when to compare or contrast, and more
•Organizing Compare/Contrast Essays Handout - includes purpose and goals of compare and contrast writing, sample prompts, and sample thesis
•Verbal Cues: The Keys to the Compare/Contrast Essay Handout
•Compare and Contrast Essay Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a compare and contrast essay
•Compare and Contrast Essay Organizer blank
•Compare/Contrast Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Compare and Contrast Essay Peer Editing Checklist
•Compare and Contrast Essay Rubric for formal assessment

Descriptive Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the descriptive essay, notes on objective and subjective descriptions, and more
•Organizing Descriptive Essays Handout with goals, examples of descriptive prompt, example of descriptive thesis, and more
Show, Don't Tell Activity {FREE here on TPT!} (W.6.3.B, W.7.3.B, W.8.3.B, W.8.3.D, W.9-10.3.B, W.9-10.3.D, W.11-12.D)
•List of hundreds of Powerful Verbs
•Descriptive Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a descriptive essay
•Descriptive Essay Organizer blank
•Descriptive Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Descriptive Essay Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Descriptive Essay Rubric for formal assessment

Informative/Explanatory Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the Informative/Explanatory essay, notes on setting up an Informative/Explanatory essay (W.6.2, W.7.2, W.8.2, W.9-10.2, W.11-12.2)
•Organizing Informative/Explanatory Essays with goals, examples of Informative/Explanatory prompt, example of Informative/Explanatory thesis, and more
•Informative/Explanatory Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a descriptive essay for practice (W.6.2.A, W.6.2.F, W.7.2.A, W.7.2.F, W.8.2.A, W.8.2.F, W.9-10.2.A, W.9-10.1.F, W.11-12.2.A, W.11-12.2.F)
•Informative/Explanatory Essay Organizer blank
•Informative/Explanatory Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Informative/Explanatory Essay Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Informative/Explanatory Essay Rubric for formal assessment

Reflective/Narrative (Personal Narrative) Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects of the reflective essay/personal narrative, notes on purpose and organization, and point of view for reflective essay/personal narrative (W.6.3, W.7.3, W.8.3, W.9-10.3, W.11-12.3)
•Organizing Reflective/Narrative Essays Handout with goals, examples of reflective essay/personal narrative prompts, example of reflective essay/personal narrative thesis, and more
•Reflective/Narrative Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a reflective essay/personal narrative for practice (W.6.3.A, W.6.3.E, W.7.3.A, W.7.3.E, W.8.3.A, W.8.3.E, W.9-10.3.A, W.9-10.E, W.11-12.3.A, W.11-12.E)
•Reflective/Narrative Essay Organizer blank
•Reflective/Narrative Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Reflective/Narrative Essay Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Reflective/Narrative Essay Rubric for formal assessment

Response to Literature Essays
Handout - includes key prompt words, important aspects and purpose of Response to Literature Essay (W.6.9, W.6.9.A, W.6.9.B, W.7.9, W.7.9.A, W.7.9.B, W.8.9, W.8.9.A, W.8.9.B, W.9-10.9, W.9-10.9.A, W.9-10.9.B, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9.A, W.6.11-12.B)
•Organizing Response to Literature Essays Handout with goals, examples of Response to Literature prompt, example of Response to Literature thesis, and more
•Literary Terms to Know Handout
•Finding Supporting Quotations Handout
•Incorporating Quotations into a Response to Literature Essay Handout (MLA format)
•Response to Literature General Essay Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a Response to Literature essay (without direct quotes from the text) (W.6.9, W.6.9.A, W.6.9.B, W.7.9, W.7.9.A, W.7.9.B, W.8.9, W.8.9.A, W.8.9.B, W.9-10.9, W.9-10.9.A, W.9-10.9.B, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9.A, W.6.11-12.B)
•Response to Literature Organizer with Quotes Prompt blank (without direct quotes from the text)
•Response to Literature General Essay Organizer with full explanation of how to organize a Response to Literature essay (including direct quotes from the text) (W.6.9, W.6.9.A, W.6.9.B, W.7.9, W.7.9.A, W.7.9.B, W.8.9, W.8.9.A, W.8.9.B, W.9-10.9, W.9-10.9.A, W.9-10.9.B, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9.A, W.6.11-12.B)
•Response to Literature Organizer with Quotes blank (including direct quotes from the text)
•Response to Literature Essay Structure graphic organizer
•Response to Literature Essay Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Response to Literature Essay Rubric for formal assessment

Teaching Research Papers
Handout with detailed notes/agenda for the teacher on how to help students conduct research and write a research paper (W.6.6, W.7.6, W.8.6, W.9-10.6, W.11-12.6)
•Plagiarism Handout
•Plagiarism WebQuest (W.6.6, W.6.7, W.6.8, W.7.6, W.7.7, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8)
•Writing Research Papers Process Handout
•Writing Research Papers Handout with key words, sample prompt, purpose, and important aspects
•Researching the “Old Fashioned” Way Handout
•Researching in the Modern World Handout
•Evaluating Internet Sources Handout
•Incorporating Support into a Research Paper (MLA format: in-text citations) (W.6.7, W.7.7, W.7.1.B, W.7.2.B, W.8.7, W.9-10.7, W.11-12.7)
MLA Format and Style Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page {Available for purchase separately, here on TPT!} (W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8)
•Using “Research Notes” Pages - Instructions
•Using “Sources” Pages - Instructions
•Research Notes blank (W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8)
•Sources blank (W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8)
•Research Paper Organizer Prompt with full explanation of how to organize a Research Paper
•Research Paper Organizer blank
•Research Paper Peer Editing Checklist (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•Research Paper Rubric for formal assessment

•22 Model and Non-Model Essay to Evaluate and Edit, including 5 Argumentative, 2 Cause/Effect, 2 Compare/Contrast, 2 Descriptive, 5 Informative/Explanatory, 3 Reflective/Narrative, and 3 Response to Literature (W.6.5, L.6.1.E, L.6.3, W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5)
•515 Frequently Misspelled Words List
•Commonly Confused Words List
Words to Avoid in Your Writing {FREE here on TPT!}
•Vivid Word Choice
List of over 1500 Powerful Verbs to Pack a Punch {Available for purchase here on TPT!}
•Building Bridges Handout (transition words and phrases)
•Over 400 Essay Topic Ideas

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Preparing to Write: Teaching the Basic Terms and Structure of Essays
Practicing the Basics: Activities to Teach Every Step of the Writing Process
Teaching Argumentative/Persuasive Essays
Teaching Descriptive Essays
Teaching Cause/Effect and Compare/Contrast Essays
Teaching Response to Literature or Literary Response Essays
Teaching Informative / Explanatory Essays

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Please Note: Common Core State Standards have not been individually notated within this Guide. Activities and lessons for this Guide are aligned with the CCSS, however, Comprehension Check Questions, quizzes, and tests may not expansively address the full rigor of the Common Core.
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Essay Architect Writing System: Teaching the Five-Paragrap
Essay Architect Writing System: Teaching the Five-Paragrap