Essay Writing Lessons Bundle

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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Common Core Standards
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Teach students to write outstanding persuasive and expository essays with this lesson bundle.

The bundle includes the following two units:

Persuasive/Argument Writing Unit

Expository/Informative/Explanatory Writing Unit

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Persuasive/Argument Writing Unit:
Teach students the elements of Argument Writing (formerly known as Persuasive Writing): write opening and closing paragraphs; address audience; opposing views; take a position; make an outline and put it all together while addressing the Common Core Standards!

Unit includes:
Lesson Plan Sequence (approximately 3 weeks) that includes Common Core Matrices for grades 4 - 8.


Editable PowerPoint presentations for each lesson (including correlated Common Core):

The number indicates how many content slides per lesson:
- Audience (11)
- Pros and cons for Opposing Views (10)
- Take a Position and Make an Outline (9)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part I (10)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part II (12)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part I (8)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part II (6)

Note: I believe in a minimalist approach to PowerPoints. It's clean and looks nice, but does not include sounds and clip art. The entrances of bullet points are animated so you can control the flow of the lesson. And, of course, you can edit the PowerPoints as you like for personal use. The thumbnails show sample slides.

Handouts and worksheets to accompany each lesson, 18 total
- For a detailed breakdown, download the free preview. The handouts basically follow the PowerPoint and give additional practice for each skill. Note: At this time, the handouts are NOT editable for the persuasive lessons.

Persuasive Essay Checklist

Six Prompt Ideas

Free downloadable preview shows:

Persuasive/Argument & Explanatory/Informative Handouts

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Informative/Explanatory Unit

Call it what you will - Expository, Informative, or Explanatory Writing - this bundle includes 12 lessons in planning and drafting writing process steps. Your students will be writing well-organized essays in two-to-three weeks!

Key topics include:
Brainstorming, Outlining, Audience and Purpose, Relevant Facts, Credible Sources, Paraphrasing and Quoting, Opening Paragraphs, and Closing Paragraphs (see lesson sequence below).

PowerPoint Presentations are in PDF format to maintain format and presentation as intended when I made it. However, each presentation is also available in .pptx format so you can edit if you would like -- for personal use only. Be aware that there will likely be formatting incompatibility with the .pptx versions.


PLANNING LESSONS
Lesson 1: Brainstorm and Categorize

- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Brainstorm & Categorize
(13 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Group categorizing activity
- Handouts (2): Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 2: Make an Outline, Prompt 1
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 1
(22 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handout (1): Audience and Purpose Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 3: Make an Outline, Prompt 2
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 2
(15 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handout (1): Audience and Purpose Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 4: Make an Outline, Prompt 3
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Make an Outline, Prompt 3
(16 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
• Handouts (0)*: *None assigned, but editable versions of “Purpose and Audience” and “Make an Outline” can be found in the Editable Handouts folder for extra practice, if desired.

Lesson 5: Evaluating Outlines
- PowerPoint Presentation – Planning: Evaluating Outlines
[13 Lesson Content slides (plus 6-slide bonus practice deck) and 5 CCSS slides]
- Handouts (4): Evaluating Outlines Forms (1) and Practice (3)

Lesson 6: Group Application
- Student groups practice brainstorming, categorizing, and outlining the same prompt for different audiences. Similarities/differences of completed outlines are presented.

Planning Extras:
General Topics List
Seven writing prompts
Four categorizing practice worksheets
Peer review, Evaluating Outlines Feedback Form
Second version of Categorizing Group Activity
Editable versions of most student practice handouts


DRAFTING LESSONS
Lesson 1: Outlines to Paragraphs

- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Outlines to Paragraphs
(21 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (2): Informative/Explanatory Writing: Drafting – Outlines to Paragraphs
(Notes and Practice w/answer key)

Lesson 2: Relevant Facts
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Relevant Facts
(12 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (2): Notes and Practice w/answer key

Lesson 3: Credible Sources
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Credible Sources
(15 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (4): Notes (1) and Practice (3) w/answer key

Lesson 4: Paraphrasing and Quoting
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Paraphrasing and Quoting
(29 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (5): Notes (3) and Practice (2)

Lesson 5: Opening Paragraphs
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Opening Paragraphs
(35 Lesson Content and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (5): Notes (3.5) and Practice (1.5)

Lesson 6: Closing Paragraphs
- PowerPoint Presentation – Drafting: Closing Paragraphs
(17 Lesson Content slides and 5 CCSS slides)
- Handouts (6): Notes (4) and Practice (2)

Drafting Extras:
Quoting Resource Page: Verbs list
Quoting Resource Page: Prepositional phrase list and Citation website suggestions
Editable versions of most student practice handouts

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A note on expectations:
As the 4th – 8th grade standards suggest, skillful writing is iterative. The beauty of teaching writing is that the basics are the same with levels of sophistication added in each year. I have never found all my students arrive on grade level for any subject – but this is especially true of writing. I have had fifth graders who were far better writers than seventh graders, for example.

Unfortunately, I frequently discover even students who excel in other areas of English Language Arts come to me with writing skills below grade level in writing.
For this reason, my approach every year is to start with the basics and build in layers of sophistication either in varying writing prompts or expectations of the final products. (Some of this will be addressed in an upcoming revising unit.) This is why you find 4th – 8th grade lessons combined. My approach is the same; my expectations of students’ level of sophistication in ideas, vocabulary, and connections drawn between ideas varies, but the approach the writing process does not.

Please let me know if you have any questions that are not answered in the product description and free downloadable preview.
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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