Informative Essay Task Cards | Text Based | Printable AND Digital

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Mrs Spangler in the Middle
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Use these time-saving task cards to give your middle school students engaging practice with identifying introduction components like hook, "arch" (transition sentence between hook and thesis), and thesis as well as relevant and irrelevant evidence and commentary! Printable AND Digital!

Students read the two texts and then use these cards to practice with the vocabulary. You can do this in many ways in the face to face classroom, but my two favorites are playing Scoot and Scatter. (Directions for both are included).

Included in this resource:

✅ 2 rigorous texts about Pipestone National Monument and Mount Rushmore

✅ 20 task cards

✅ 1 poster with text-based essay vocabulary terms

✅ directions to play Scoot and Scatter with the cards

✅ answer sheets

✅ answer key

✅ DIGITAL version using self-grading Google Forms! (Vocabulary and Texts are embedded into the form!)

Your students will love having an interactive way to practice informative essay writing skills without writing another essay and you'll love that all the work is done!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Marianne B. said, "Love using task cards during station work and the kids enjoy the variety and ease."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bete R.P said, "Enjoyed using this as a review game!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Natasha C. said, "This was a good review activity for my students prior to writing their essays."

Supports Common Core Standards:


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


Get a foundation for informative essay writing skills with these units:

Informative Essay Unit - gives the foundation for the organization (structure) of text-based essays

Informative Essay Curriculum - FIVE WEEKS of lesson plans and activities to thoroughly teach informative essay writing.


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