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 piece of writing with proper citation.
With both paper and digital you'll be ready for face to face, blended learning/hybrid situations as well as full on distance learning!
You'll receive full lessons for each of the sections mentioned above on Google Slides with:
★ 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 (included in the file separately and also with a link)
★ 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
★Two ways to use these units: Teacher-paced (for general education students) and Student-paced (for advanced students) - Included videos to explain!
★Informative and Argumentative Essay Digital Notebooks (For the Teacher-paced option)
★ Four versions of interactive guided notes that I call Pixanotes® with different levels of scaffolding
Level 1: Fully printed content and pre-printed pictures
Level 2: Fully printed picture flaps and fill in the blanks for students
Level 3: Pre-printed content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the
Level 4: Fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned
by the student.
>>I call these notes Pixanotes® because they are a blend of traditional two-column notes and interactive notes with FOUR levels of scaffolding. Each level has the same content but a different level of support to help you reach all learners. You could easily have all 4 versions of the notes out in the same class at the same time and not miss a beat!
★ Picture flaps
★ Word Bank
★ Writing Prompt
★ TWO texts (One on Pipestone National Monument and one on Mount Rushmore for informative and 2 texts on Atlantis for Argumentative)
★ TWO Dominoes games (to practice with key terminology listed above)
★ Sentence starters for writing an essay
★ TWO planning sheets
★ An Anchor Chart
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.
Using these text sets, notes and videos in Google Slides for the digital units, these units teach:
1. The Writing Process:
- Read the prompt
- Flip the prompt
- Read and Mark the Text
2. The introduction paragraph with:
- Hook (Background information)
- Arch/Bridge (Transition sentence)
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 it off with a conclusion
5. Conclusion paragraph with:
- Affirm the thesis
- Trim the point
- The call to action
Each section has a scaffolded approach with mnemonics to help students learn and remember key ideas. Save time and hassle with these text-based essay writing units!
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Thanks, and Enjoy!