Informational and Argumentative
If you are using interactive notebooks, you can shrink these pages to comfortably fit in a composition notebook by changing the number of pages that print per sheet. I usually select two pages per sheet.
1. Sentence Stems and Transitions
Students should keep this resource readily available in a binder or interactive notebook. They can use it for full essays, for PEEL paragraphs, or for other short response items. It provides writers with a variety of sentence starters for introducing and embedding text evidence and for elaborating and explaining. It also provides students with an assortment of transitions and categorizes them into easy to understand sections so that students use the right transition in the context of the writing.
2. Easy to Use Outline: Informational and Argumentative
Writing an essay can be intimidating work for students. This outline helps students keep all the parts of an essay straight and organized. Each major component of the essay is given its own box, so students do not have to switch back and forth between notes the different parts and it eliminates the daunting nature of staring at a blank page.
3. Interactive Student Grading Rubric
Help students to self-assess and build their metacognitive thinking with an interactive rubric that isn’t dependent on assigning themselves a grade. Instead, students access their progress using a system of symbols. This is also a great way to have students assess each other. In my classroom, we use these self-assessments as the basis of our writing conferences as they are the areas that students have the strongest real or perceived weakness.
4. Revision Check Sheet
Students grow the most when they revisit their writing and make meaningful revisions. However, a lot of students feel overwhelmed and unsure when it comes to making changes to their essays. This check sheet provides a list of 10 simple things that students can do during and after writing to facilitate valuable and doable revisions.
5. Dead Words and Phrases
This is a simple handout of our classroom’s dead words and phrases. The list usually looks a little bit different each year based on the individual needs of the students. We often start out with some basics and students add words throughout the year to this page in their notebooks.
6. Writing Goals and Scales based on LAFS Standards and Marzano
This resource included the goals and scales that my classroom uses to teach writing. It includes a scale for advanced students and for standard students. It also includes space for monitoring and reflecting on progress.