Informative AND Argumentative Essay DIGITAL BUNDLE | Distance Learning

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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    1. Teach your middle school students how to write a text-based informative AND argumentative essay. This MEGA BUNDLE includes both the fully digital AND paper-based units that will provide a structured foundation for writing text-based essays which will help students develop a well-organized, logical
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    If you are teaching middle school students how to write informative and argumentative essays and are short on time, try these easy-to-use, NO PREP, DIGITAL lessons with FOUR weeks of step-by-step VIDEO lessons, guided notes, texts, organizers and more!

    Objective: At the end of 4 weeks, students will have written and edited one 5-paragraph informative essay AND one 5-paragraph argumentative essay.

    This unit is fully digital through the use of Google Slides and is perfect for at-home learning, blended learning or in a remote teaching situation.

    What's included:

    ★ Teacher's Guide with directions and links to share on any learning management system such as Google Classroom, Canvas and more!

    ★ An embedded introduction video along with "tech tips".

    ★ A pdf of two original non-fiction texts for each unit.

    The text set for the informative essay consists of 2 original non-fiction texts about the Mount Rushmore and Pipestone National Monument.  Thus the prompt asks students to explain why these places are significant that should be under national protection.

    The text set for the argumentative essay consists of 2 original non-fiction texts about the existence of Atlantis.  Thus the prompt asks students to decide if, based on the evidence, Atlantis was a real place or not.

    ★ Interactive, guided and digital notes with fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the student.

    ★ Movable picture flaps

    ★ Text boxes already placed into the notes

    ★ Editable directions for the student

    ★ 8 Embedded Videos for each unit (16 videos total!) that match each set of the notes and the writing process - including planning! (Over 2 hours of video instruction for both units!)

    ★ Self-Grading Quizzes (on Google Forms) for each section.

    NOTE: Students will need access to Google and YouTube. The videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded into the Google Slides.

    Using these text sets, notes and videos in Google Slides, these units teach:

    1.  The Writing Process:

    • Read the prompt
    • Flip the prompt
    • Read and Mark the Text
    • Plan

    2.  The introduction paragraph with:

    • Hook (Background information)
    • Arch/Bridge (Transition sentence)
    • Thesis

    3.  The body paragraphs with:

    • Answer topic sentence
    • Citing evidence
    • Explaining with commentary
    • Ingeminating (repeat the cycle of cite and explain with new evidence)
    • Top it off with a conclusion

    4.  Counterclaim paragraph (argumentative only) with:

    • Feature the other side
    • Affirm with evidence
    • Underscore the essay's position
    • Cite evidence
    • Explain with commentary
    • Top if off with a conclusion

    5.  Conclusion paragraph with:

    • Affirm the thesis
    • Trim the point
    • The call to action

    Now you can have lessons done for a total of 4 weeks and a foundation set for writing text-based informative and argumentative essays that will last the entire year!


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    5 sets of notes, 8 videos, 4 quizzes, text set, organizers for EACH unit
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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
    Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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